Govt to Develop 50 000ha at Mangetti

largeThe government has plans to develop up to 50 000ha of land at the Mangetti cattle ranch in the Kavango West for various farming projects. The Mangetti cattle ranch, situated 110 km south of Rundu, is owned by the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) and is used for commercial livestock farming.

On Saturday, President Hage Geingob rounded off his tour of north-eastern Namibia by listening to the challenges faced by the people of Kavango West in a packed community hall at Nkurenkuru. Listening to a list of grievancies including the lack of development projects from workers at the Mangetti cattle ranch, Geingob said plans are underway to develop the thousands of hectares into various farming projects.

“Look at the size of that land lying idle… We have decided to take either 30 000 or 50 000 hectares and set up some farming projects where unemployed youth will be employed,” he said. Echoing similar sentiments, economic planning minister Tom Alweendo said in terms of land, Namibia has plenty, most of which is lying idle. He said it is part of government's responsibility to look at what can be done with the land that the country has in abundance.

“Agriculture is one of the priorities that has been targeted in our planning activities in the fourth National Development Plan (NDP 4). However, having prioritised land, we need to look at what we can do with it to provide prosperity and wealth,” he said. Alweendo, who accompanied the President, said they will soon visit regions to look at ideas that will make these areas progress, as they cannot sit in their offices and hope to know what it is that will make a certain region different or progress.

Geingob's tour coincided with Kavango West celebrating its second year of existence.

The head of state toured a health centre at Nkurenkuru, which is still under construction. It is expected to be completed in November this year. He also stopped at a site where houses under the mass housing project will be constructed. He was also accompanied by urban and rural development minister Sofia Shaningwa, health minister Bernard Haufiku, agriculture minister John Mutorwa and presidential affairs minister Frans Kapofi.

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