NNFU urges farmers in Kunene to join unions

28 February 2018 | Agriculture

Farmers in the Kunene Region should join unions as the associations help to advance their interests.

The president of the Ngatuuane Farmers' Union and Namibia National Farmers' Union (NNFU) treasurer, Amon Mutjiuee Kapi shared this opinion with Nampa.

The unions are aware of all challenges farmers face and are always looking into how such challenges can be tackled, he said.

He was speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of a meeting held by the NNFU with local farmers last week.

Kapi urged the regional leadership to inform the farmers in their respective areas to register with unions for their own benefit.

Former environment and tourism minister Uahekua Herunga told this news agency most farmers in Kunene are not registered with unions because of a lack of information and education. He also said the NNFU and Ngatuuane Farmers' Union do not reach out to farmers in remote areas, especially those behind the red line. “President Hage Geingob has said no one should feel left behind, but farmers in the Kunene Region appear to have been left behind,” said Herunga.

The NNFU is a national federation of regional farmers' unions. It was established in June 1992 to serve as a mouthpiece for Namibian communal and emerging farmers.

Nationally, 130 farmers' organisations with a membership of more than 35 000 individual farmers are affiliated to the NNFU.

NAMPA

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