Green Scheme projects management reviewed

03 March 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



The agriculture and public enterprise ministries are reviewing the management model for Green Scheme projects due to underperformance of some projects.

The review is aimed at attracting private-sector investment.

Agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein, who was responding to questions posed in Parliament, explained that the ministry developed 11 Green Scheme irrigation projects across the country, of which eight are under direct operation and management of Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev).

The other three are leased out to the private sector through Lease-hold agreements as prescribed in the Green Scheme Policy.

Schlettwein said 162 farmers are directly operating and managing farming units on various Green Scheme Irrigation Projects.

“Out of the 162 farmers indicated above 95 are men and 67 are women. These medium and small-scale irrigation projects also employ other members of the communities as casual labourers.”

According to Schlettwein, in addition a total of 320 permanent staff members are employed by Agribusdev and are operating and managing the activities at their eight Green Scheme projects.

Of these 320 permanent employees, 240 are men and 80 are women that are employed at various projects and offices in the regions.

Furthermore, the Green Scheme projects employ on average a total of 1 800 temporary employees, 540 men and 1 260 women. The number may increase or decrease seasonally depending on the type of crops planted. He added that the Etunda Asparagus Green Scheme Irrigation project, which is leased to Otjimbele Agriculture, employs 796 casual workers during the peak production of which 509 are women and 277 are men.

“The project has a permanent staff component of about 105 of which 67 are men and 30 women. It produces asparagus for export and local markets.

In addition, the Mashare Irrigation Project, which is leased to Mashare Irrigation, employs a total of 57 permanent employees of which 51 are men and 6 are women.

During the peak production period the project employs a total of 593 temporary employees of who 150 are men and 403 are women. The project produces blueberries for export and cereals for the local market.

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