New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Mr Green Scheme and the Janu-Worry Blues

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THE prospect of Namibia being fully self-sufficient in the area of food production is a mouthwatering one for the nation.

Having our own food markets, without any need to import food - in simpler terms consuming only what we produce.

Like myself, I am sure many of you are also wondering why Tatekulu has shifted his focus from corruption to food production, eeish, laat ek maar stil bly!

It does, however, pose one vexing question: Is our government only realizing the need to be food self-sufficient now - more than 20 years after independence?

President Hifikepunye Pohamba has during his tenure focused his attention on food production, quite evidently with the construction of two multi-million dollar food hubs in Kavango and Oshana regions, upgrade of the Uvhungu-vhungu project, and many more.

Funnily enough, our government makes no mention of the importing of food products that we produce locally.

By boosting local food production, we create direct jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities - so Mr Green Scheme should consider protecting the local producers against foreigners.

Following the global food crisis, the idea to boost food production was welcomed by many, but as long as food prices remains roof-high, the whole project will be jeopardized because food will still be out of reach for most people.

Soon bread prices will be the same as beer, many will be contemplating where to place their hard-earned dollar.

If food becomes cheaper, then some of us would have to worry about the Janu-worry disease.

On Janu-worry

The problem month will soon lapse so that many of you can go and reclaim your ATM and ID's at the cash loans.

My unregistered cash loan is doing great since its inception earlier this month, I am however fearful that business might start declining come February.

January is the only month when banks have more clients at the personal loans sections than at the tellers.

To those of you who get paid month-end, you still have a long way to go before you can use your wallets again.

Sorry Ngoo!

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