Green Scheme development pruned
The government's irrigation schemes will get less than half of their required budget for the current financial year.
18 June 2020 | Economics
Less than 40% of the required budget to develop the country's Green Scheme irrigation projects will be allocated to it this financial year.
In his budget motivation, agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein an amount of N$45 million has been allocated for the development of the Green Scheme irrigation projects, adding “this is 37.6 % of the required amount for this project”.
He said the Green Scheme Programme is designed to maximise irrigation opportunities in the north central and north eastern regions using the Kunene, Zambezi and Kavango rivers, as well as the promotion of agricultural projects in the south using the Orange River and dams such as the Naute, Hardap and Neckartal. According to him, the ministry developed 12 Green Scheme irrigation projects across the country, of which eight are under the direct operation of the Agriculture Business Development Agency (AgribusDev).
The remaining four are leased out to the private sector.
Schlettwein said the development of the Katima Liselo Green Scheme project in the Zambezi Region is currently under way, and in the future, the ministry plans to develop Tandjieskoppe and Neckartal in //Karas and the Zone Green Scheme irrigation projects in Kavango West.
According to the ministry's technical paper, which outlines some of the planned activities for this financial year, it will construct a perimeter fence at Katima Liselo and design bulk electrical supply reticulation for the project.
Other planned activities include the designing of bulk electrical supply reticulation at the Uvhungu-vhungu Green Scheme Project in the Kavango as well as a chemical store and cold storage unit.
The completion of remedial work for the net-houses and greenhouses at Uvhungu-vhungu is also planned for this year, while the design of Zone and Neckartal in Kavango West and //Karas have also been identified as projects for this financial year.