MAWF hosts Mini-Agricultural show at Chinchimani

By Simon Liseli at Chinchimani

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), under the Directorate of Extension and Engineering Services, recently conducted a n agricultural show at Chinchimani village situated 68 Kilometers south of the Caprivi region.

The Gravel Locality Agricultural and Industrial Mini-Show, was hosted under the theme “improve standard of living through improved basic skills”
Individual farmers from the different areas of the Chinchimani area showcased their cultivated produce such as maize, sorghum, millet, cucumber, pumpkin, watermelons, groundnut, pawpaw and chilies, in participation of the different categories in the championship.

Ms.Jannety Samusiwa,second from the Right receives a floating trophy and N$500 from AGRIBANK. Second from Left is the Special Advisor to the Caprivi Regional Governor Hon. Ignatius Nkunga

Farmers who won were awarded with certificates and prizes, with the best overall winner of the year award scoped by Ms.Jannety Samusiwa, who received a floating trophy and N$500 from AGRIBANK.

In the large and small stock categories, Mr. Kabende Muhinda and Ms. Florence Ndozi were announced as the overall winners and both received floating trophies, t-Shirts and caps from sponsored by AGRIBANK.

Special Advisor to the Caprivi Regional Governor Hon. Ignatius Nkunga, who delivered the keynote address, said activities such as the agricultural show improves good relationship between partners in development.

Mr. Nkunga said the show is a strong tool that links different stakeholders -such as producers to traders and customers – as it affords an opportunity to exhibitors to show case their talents, skills for investment opportunities.

“It is a good platform where stakeholders in agriculture and manufacturing industries come together and exchange their views with regard to their endeavor,” Nkunga said.

It was at the same occasion that Namibia Agronomic Board (NAB) Mr. James Walubita informed farmers that the buying of Mahangu (Millet) programme that started on July 1, 2012, which will be shared with Agricultural Extension Technicians, will transport premium of N$300 per ton of Mahangu to be paid to Namib Mills.

Mr.Walubita cautioned that there are ongoing processes to device separate pricing mechanism for Mahangu and maize production and advised farmers owning ten or more hectares to register with AET, NAB or Likwama.

“Only new Mahangu will be bought not for the previous years and make sure that you don’t sell all for household food security. Next year the Mahangu marketing Championship will be hosted nationally, it is thus advisable for you (farmers) to work very hard as your efforts will be rewarded with trophies if you win.”concluded Mr.Walubita.


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