Tuesday, July 18 2017 | NEW ERA FARMERS 16 Namibia records bumper crop harvest Albertina Nakale Windhoek According to the latest June 2017 Crop Prospects and Food Security Situation Report, production in the commercial area has showed a considerable improvement. This is with 53 percent higher than last season’s harvest and 59 percent above the average production. The Namibia Early Warning and Food Information Unit (NEWFIU) and its cooperating partners undertook its second crop assessment mission in the seven major communal crop-producing regions from May 8 to June 5. The main purpose of the assessment was to assess and quantify the 2017 crop harvest in the major crop-growing regions of the country to provide an early warning report on geographic locations of agronomic anomalies, the effects of floods, droughts, and other significant events. The report shows that much of this improvement is because of a recovery and good harvest received from dry land maize producers. It notes that dry land maize area received good rainfall this season compared to the severe drought conditions experienced the last two successive seasons. Pearl millet production showed a significant improvement of 197 percent last season, and two percent above the average production. According to the report, much of this improvement comes from the regions of Oshana and Oshikoto, where above-average production or bumper harvest was reported. Similarly, the report indicates that sorghum production has also improved remarkably improvement with 85 percent of last season’s poor harvest but 63 percent below average production. According to farmers, much of the below average production is attributed to seed shortages for sorghum, which was experienced in the beginning of the season. Wheat is a winter crop and production thereof is ongoing. For national aggregate and analysis, estimates for the 2015/2016 were used to develop the 2016/2017 estimates. “Most parts of the country reported good grazing conditions following the good rainfall received almost throughout the country this season. According to farmers, grazing has improved considerably and was noted to range between fair and very good,” the report states. In the northeastern regions (Zambezi, Kavango east and west) good to very good grazing was widely reported in the area. Equally, fair to good grazing conditions were reported in the north central regions (Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Oshikoto) and Erongo. However, the report notes that there are pockets in communal areas in the Erongo Region with poor grazing, especially partly Otjimbingwe, Spitzkoppe, Omatjete, Uis and Usakos areas. Grazing conditions in the //Karas Region were reported to range between fair and poor, but according to farmers it is better than last year. The report highlights Aus and Bethanie as the most affected areas in the region, with very poor grazing conditions. However, grazing in Keetmanshoop, Karasburg, Helmeringhausen, Berseba, Aroab and Koës areas is still good as a result of good rainfall received in these areas. The Hardap Region reported fair to poor grazing conditions with Maltahöhe area severely affected. The livestock body condition in most regions was shown to have improved significantly, because of good grazing. Livestock in the northeast regions (Zambezi, Kavango East and West) were reported to be in a good to very good conditions, while in the north central regions livestock body condition is said to be good. Down south, the report shows a larger part of //Karasburg is affected Leading by example…President Hage Geingob cultivates the crop field of Mateus Shitana Shiilonga at Onamundindi village in Omusati Region’s Ogongo Constituency during the launch of Operation Tulongeni in January, an initiative aimed at encouraging local crop production. The June 2017 Crop Prospects and Food Security Situation Report shows considerable increase in the crop production in the commercial areas. by poor grazing, with overall livestock body condition ranging from good to fair. At the time of the assessment, many farmers were noted to be supplementing their livestock with fodder and licks, especially in the areas of Aus and Warmbad. It was further reported that most livestock from the Warmbad commercial area were moved to northeast for better grazing conditions. Moreover, the livestock conditions in Hardap Region were rated between good and fair, but livestock in Maltahöhe were said to be poor because of poor grazing. Livestock in the Erongo were also reported to be in good condition. ew regional network calls for fair deal for pastoralists Benjamin Mutambukah Arusha In the wake of the impacts of the drought in East Africa, pastoralists call for a paradigm shift from the narrative of calamity and despair to one of a vibrant and viable sector. This is in recognition of the immense contribution that pastoralism provides to Africa’s national and regional economies and development. The Eastern and Southern Africa Pastoralist Network (ESAPN) recognises the potential of pastoralism as a key pillar for the realisation of the continent’s sustainable development goals. Sadia Musse Ahmed, country representative of PENHA Somaliland/ Somalia says “there is an urgent need for governments and development actors to put pastoralists at the centre of planning and implementation to ensure sustainable and people-centred development at the national and continental levels.” The persistent negative narrative within policy and media on pastoralism and pastoralists ignores the fact that research and reality portray a totally different situation. This sector has for millennia provided critical services in ecological health and conservation of biodiversity through sound rangeland management. The key role played by pastoralism is acknowledged by the African Union, Inter Governmental Authority on Development and East African Community, European Union and the United Nations that have consistently demonstrated the contribution of pastoralism to agriculture and food security, resilience, preservation of traditional knowledge and technologies that form a strategic development pillar for eastern and southern African countries. “The value chain of livestock and other peripheral and complementary services provides a broad spectrum of options for investment such as wildlife based tourism. Hence the need to support pastoralism by providing an opportunity for pastoralists to participate along the value chains,” observes Abdi Abdullahi Husseinchair of the Pastoralist Forum, Ethiopia. ESAPN advocates for the recognition of pastoralists as the first African groups to propagate Pan- Africanism through their “pastoralism without borders mobility” which provides a model/tool for regional integration. ESAPN engages in policy-making processes to ensure large-scale landbased development and resource extraction activities do not threaten pastoralist systems and their ability to contribute to food security and economic development. The network, with the support of the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub and the sub-regional East Africa office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) works to empower pastoralists to consolidate their voices and sustainably improve their productivity and livelihoods. * Benjamin Mutambukah is the chairperson of the ESAPN.
Tuesday, July 18 2017 | NEW ERA 17 TENDER INFORMATION As an added bonus for our readers we will publish the results of all tenders opened in public from Mondays to Thursdays on a regular basis. This information is noted and reported by a New Era Reporter Closing at MTC 07 July 2017 Gravel Road Repairs and De-Bushing One-hundred-and-five offers were received for Gravel Road Repairs and De-Bushing to MTC when tender nr. MTC28/17/O closed at MTC’s Head Quarters, c/o Mose Tjitendero and Hamutenya Wanahepo Ndadi Streets in Olympia, Windhoek at 14H30 on Friday, 07 July 2017. No tender prices as announced for: 1. Shipiki Construction 2. Penny Mat 3. Thomson Trading 4. E & W Investment 5. JW Construction 6. Okahao Plumbing 7. AVA Investment 8. Kingsdom 9. Larrisa Investment 10. Omkoshi Investments 11. Umbuaba Trading 12. Rata World Investments 13. Nembungu Trading 14. Amlangela 15. Keu Nou Capital Investment 16. Mukende Investments 17. Tambula Investment 18. LMH Investment 19. Sliku Investment 20. Eli-Chisola Trading 21. Ephrata Bricks 22. Hebron Construction 23. MPP Civils 24. Steve Bikko Investment 25. Storm Investment 26. Zeno Trading 27. Mangonja General Supply 28. Kampungu Investment 29. Mafukutu Construction 30. Octagon Construction 31. VH Investment 32. Erongunene Investment 33. New Page Graphic 34. Swart Copiers 35. Alke 36. KS & Associates Investments 37. Quinet Investments 38. Extravagant Investments 39. Melameno 40. Oshikoto Civils & Logistics 41. Robhill & Children Investment 42. Lafire Trading 43. KPK Investments 44. September 3 rd Investments 45. Yange Investment 46. Sygone Trading 47. Nomtsub Investment 48. Omalala Investment 49. Longbeam Investment & Holdings 50. SFE Investment 51. R & E Trading 52. Itusung Investment 53. Africa Sphere Holdings 54. Semmy Trading 55. Nena Electrical & Civils 56. Lau Tom 57. Lale Investment 58. Deme Investment 59. XL Investment 60. River Edge Investment 61. Goamub Investment 62. AVA Investment 63. D-Raq Trading Enterprises 64. Okarindi Trading 65. Iglo Investment 66. Wilkreate 67. Risolu Investment 68. Unistrat Property Investment 69. Malrand Investment 70. Obriyan 71. Okutsa Construction 72. Nguazireko 73. Eltris 74. Ipilak Construction 75. Cobe Investment 76. Fekapetro 77. Wandeuya Investment 78.Africa Frame Works 79. Lotto Investment 80. DHP Investment 81. Mbonge Investment 82. Bayocle Investment 83. Lekotech Trading Enterprises 84. Abby & Milly Investment 85. Naftal Trading 86. Kavaikwa Trading 87. Pelico Engineering Group 88. Don Pedro Investment 89. Aplha Mart 90. Epale Investments 91. Uakamwar Investment 92. Soft Shell 93. Invest Woman 94. Tahanb Trading Enterprises 95. KK Target Trading 96. Shungu Civil 97. JCW Trading 98. SFE Investment 99. Vister Investment 100. Regal Investment 101. Ishitimbua Group 102. Survival Trading 103. Neu Olulya Trading 104. Emanya Projects 105. Topas Construction and Engineering Closing at NamWater 11 July 2017 Orpheus Mini Cables Three offers were received for the supply and delivery of OTT Orpheus mini 0-4m; 10m Cable for the Omatako Canal to the Namibia Water Corporation when a quotation referenced G/ RFQNW28/2018 closed at the Namibia Water Corporation Head Quarters, 176 Iscor Street, Windhoek at 11H00 on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Tender prices (excluding VAT) as announced for: 1. KC Industrial Solutions 1 222.54 2. Evale Holdings 055 556.00 3. 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