14 Inside BUSINESS Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA Rundu Town Council raises N$176,000 for trade fair RUNDU A fundraising gala dinner organised by the Rundu Trade Fair organising committee raised a total of N$176,000 at Rundu on Friday. Standard Bank and First National Bank gave the highest sponsorship of N,000 each on the night. The fair will be held from October 31 to November 4 under the theme, ‘Enhancing trade for socio-economic prosperity’. Kavango East Regional Governor Dr Samuel Mbambo, who delivered the keynote address, commended the Rundu Town Council for the noble effort, adding that the fair will undoubtedly enhance and boost the economic development of the town. “Holding an event such as a gala dinner is an opportunity for our stakeholders and the business community to support the initiative of the council to raise funds to ensure that the scheduled trade fair is a success,” said Mbambo. Head of community services at the RTC and chairperson of the organising committee, Fransiska Thikerete, in her overview of the upcoming event, said preparations are at an advanced stage. Thikerete called on the business community to contact the community in order to book their stalls at the fair. She thanked all the stakeholders and the business community that came to support the council at the gala dinner. The dinner was attended by the business community as well as the general public. In contrast to this year, close to N0,000 was raised at last year’s gala dinner. The trade fair is in its second year of management under the Rundu Town Council since it took over from Rundu Urban Constituency, which held it over the previous years under the name Kavango Trade Fair. – Nampa Three brand new cars still up for grabs! SMS ‘MTC’ to 3000 WEATHERMEN & CO Congratulations to Elifas Vilho Imbondi from Ongwediva who drives away in a Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6 N per SMS. Competition valid until 25 October 2017. The final model may vary. Ts & Cs apply.
Tuesday, October 17 2017 | NEW ERA 15 Aminuis croppers at workshop on backyard gardening Kae MaÞunÿu-Tjiparuro Windhoek More than 50 crop producers from Aminuis Constituency, joined by about 15 fellows from nearby constituencies, including Epukiro and Otjombinde, have since yesterday been converging at Corridor 13 in the constituency for a three-day workshop on backyard gardening. of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) at Corridor 13, Jaurovandu Kaevarua, says the workshop is in line of the government’s objective of working towards ciency, which entails households feeding themselves by establishing backyard gardens, and by extension also supplying the local communities with their surplus yields from such gardens by selling the surplus. The presentations are being made by local experts from the extension Among them is Kaevarua and his colleagues from the main extension Carlos Tjiho, who is based in the settlement of Aminuis. They are joined by extension of- the region, such as Betel Kazapua from Eiseb area in the Otjombinde Constituency, and Rodrique Maswabi from Gobabis. Special focus during the workshop is to be put on dryland crop production, a long-running programme typically presented at the beginning of the rainy season. Although a latecomer to crop production, relative to other constituencies in Omaheke, such as Epukiro and Otjombinde, Kaevarua said interest among farmers in the constituency has lately been increasing with the realisation of the importance of crop production in boosting animal farming. Testimony to the constituency’s increased awareness of crop production is that it will in May 2018 host the annual regional crop production jombinde Constituency hosted the day this year. The constituency is also making use of the occasion to get its cultivators’ association up and running in line of other constituencies in the region, which long have established such associations. The association was established in May, an idea that occurred to the crop producers following their familiarisation visits to Epukiro and Otjinene. During the workshop, the local constituency is also expected to the Regional Crop Production Day. Cattle rustlers accused of poisoning chief’s weaners Kae MaÞunÿu-Tjiparuro Windhoek A traditional leader and farmer in the Epukiro Constituency in Eiseb communal area got the shock of his life upon returning in South Africa where he was representing his community. Chief Turimuro Hoveka of the Otjimana/Hoveka Royal House and Traditional Authority returned home to the village of Ombuyoforomana to irium. The chief has no doubt about who was behind the despicable act, cattle rustlers. Since January the constituencies of Epukiro and Otjombinde in Omaheke Region have seen an increased number of cases of stock theft, in which commercial farmers in the areas who have been buying the cattle have been implicated for acquiring cattle from suspected rustlers without the necessary documents, and even buying cattle without the necessary brand marks. Hoveka, a community leader and also part of the local ommunity stock theft committee, has been at the forefront of tracing the stolen animals, some of which were found on adjacent commercial farms and this may have earned him the wrath of the suspected rustlers. According to him, he received news of the poisoning of four of his weaners from his wife and children, who related to him that when the weaners arrived at his homestead in the village of Ombuyaforomana, Namibia must tackle food security challenges Staff Reporter Windhoek The main challenges for Namibia to be globally competitive are poverty, malnutrition and major inequalities, with unemployment estimated at 34 percent of the workforce. The country produces about only 40 percent of what it consumes and is therefore highly dependent on imports. Guest speaker at the Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) Congress last week, Dr John Purchase, the executive manager of the South African Agricultural Business Chambers, noted with concern that Namibian small scale farmers have limited access to food, because they are vulnerable to droughts, cess to land. Dr Purchase stressed that economic development has the largest impact on food security. Flashback… Chief Turimuro Hoveka works on his land in 2014 at died in Otjombinde Constituency from suspected urium poisoning in the water trough. Photo: Contributed they let them into the kraal to drink water from the trough. After having drunk the water the weaners started to go wild as if affected by mad cow disease and thereafter all four died. A veterinarian went to take samples from the cattle’s digestive systems, as well as from the trough, which were taken to the laboratory in Gobabis The current scenario is characterised by high levels of GDP per capita and low share of household expenditure on food. “Food-secure countries have developed infrastructures, including logistics systems, advanced agricultural infrastructure, and facilities and systems that support agricultural investment, and R&D development.” Namibia is currently number 90 out of 137 countries on the latest index in terms of competitiveness. Thus the country is regarded as a higher middle-income country with continued economic growth prospects. Purchase recommends that the value chain in terms of livestock competitiveness be investigated thoroughly to determine how competitive the sector is and to identify its week and strong points. Among the factors impacting on her competitiveness are a decline in the quality of governance and low productivity; land tenure/ownership practices that restrict access technical skills; as well as policy restrictions on labour migration that restrict the entry of for a temporary period - to transfer knowledge unreliable national data on key indicators, such as animal inventories and land availability, which affect investment and national planning the animals indeed died from urium poisoning. Hoveka says between 20 and 40 cattle stolen from communal areas, such as Epukiro, Eiseb, Otjinene in the Omaheke and Okondjatu in the Okakarara Constituency in Otjozondjupa Region were located on some commercial farms in Omaheke since the beginning of the year. Lately, one stolen beast was Staff Reporter Windhoek found at the Okapuka Feedlot near Windhoek, two more cattle at Witvlei and another two on the farm of These cases and many others have been reported to the police, which are seized with them. Hoveka says one of the commercial farmers on whose farm some of the cattle were found had not been cooperative, but he was very happy with the cooperation they got from another. Hoveka expects the police to take the matter to its logical conclusion, which is prosecution of the suspects, especially of commercial farmers who act as accomplices of suspected cattle rustlers, from whom they seem to have reportedly been buying cattle without the necessary documents and without verifying ownership of the cattle from the sellers, given the absence of brandmarks. Hoveka is happy with the fact that the matter is now being dealt with by the Gobabis police and hopes that the culprits will be brought to book, unlike in past cases dealt with by the local police that produced no tangible results, despite some cases having dragged on for years. He said the cattle found on the commercial farms may only be the tip of the iceberg, as by the time the stock theft committee and the police reached the suspect farms, some of the cattle may have already been sold or moved to other places where they could not be found. He says that is why the police must be ever vigilant and must monitor the suspect farms and farmers. NAU honours Japie with AgriStar Top honours... Dairy farmer Japie Engelbrecht has been honoured with an AgriStar by the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU). Japie Engelbrecht of Gobabis has been honoured with the highest accolade in the agricultural sector in the form of an AgriStar by the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU). Engelbrecht has been farming with his wife Christa on Farm Kroonster since 1974. Like his father, Koos Engelbrecht, he is a dairy farmer. He has been involved with the local farmers’ associations Japie also served on the executive council of NAU for 17 years as chairperson of the Dairy Producers Association (DPA). He was instrumental in the establishment of the dairy industry in Namibia, as