Farmers discuss conservation agri

18 October 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

The importance of academia in conservation agriculture cannot be overemphasised to create evidence required for adaption and increased adoption of it in Namibia.

This is according to Mildred Kambinda, the acting deputy executive director for agriculture development.

She was speaking at the opening of the seventh National Conservation Agriculture Forum which took place in Swakopmund under the theme ‘promoting sustainable food systems and livelihoods’.

The forum is aimed at sharing experiences on conservation agriculture implementation in Namibia, understanding the status of its implementation and mobilising resources.

Kambinda said the purpose of the forum is to oversee the implementation of all conservation interventions in Namibia.

She said it also aims to ensure conservation interventions, methodologies and approaches used by partners are at the highest technical and operational quality.

She said conservation agriculture is among the smart agriculture practices contributing towards sustainable food systems.

“A sustainable food system is a system which brings together all actors involved in food systems along value chains to ensure food and nutrition security.”



Working together

She further explained that the forum is a special occasion where lead farmers are invited to come and share their experiences in conservation agriculture.

A lead farmer is selected to provide technical support through the farmer extension approach.

“Lead farmers are therefore very important stakeholders in the pursuit to reach more farmers, considering the current the extension to farmer ratio.”

Kambinda said the ministry, with the support from partners, developed and launched the Comprehensive Conservation Agriculture Programme (CCAP) 2015 to 2019, a framework for the coordinated implementation of conservation agriculture by all stakeholders in Namibia.

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