29 January 2013

Namibia: Ukwangali Invests in Green Scheme Projects

The Ukwangali Traditional Authority in western Kavango region has given land to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to be used for the establishment of a Green Scheme project.

The 1 800-hectare piece of land is situated at Zone village some 160 km north-west of Rundu.

If realised, this would be the eighth Green Scheme project to be established in the Kavango region and the first of its kind in the Mpungu constituency.

Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa, along with technical officials from his Ministry, visited the site on Friday to assess the area and identify the boundaries.

Senior headman of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority, Mathews Nyambwe, told Mutorwa inhabitants of the western Kavango Region have for many years been complaining about a lack of projects for food production in their area.

He said residents from areas such as Zone, Kasoro, Sakusi and Mungomba agreed in meetings that were held last year to avail land for food production projects.

Mpungu constituency councillor Esra Kakukuru told Mutorwa that once the project is realised, the high unemployment rate currently being experienced in his constituency will also be reduced as the project will create many employment opportunities. In terms of food production, he said the project will provide food security to residents in his constituency and the country as a whole.

The project, which was initially proposed to be established alongside the Okavango River, had to be shifted some six km away from the river as no land could be obtained in that area.

Mutorwa said his Ministry will conduct studies including the testing of soil to see if it is suitable for an irrigation project and an environment impact assessment study before the project gets underway.

He appealed to the headmen of the villages where the envisioned project is to be established to ensure that no residents settle or start mahangu fields in the area in order to possibly claim relocation compensation when the Ministry starts with the project.

The availed uncultivated bushy land is in close proximity to the Nkurenkuru-Okongo main road, and is situated about eight km from the Okavango River.

The seven other irrigation projects in the Kavango Region are the Musese, Sikondo, Uvhungu-Vhungu, Mashare, Ndonga Linena, Shitembo and the Shadikongoro Green Scheme projects.


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