Venaani makes rainwater plea

27 January 2020 | Agriculture

The leader of the official opposition Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani has called on people in the north to make use of rainwater to enhance agricultural productivity.

He also called on landowners to cultivate and produce more to ensure that agriculture becomes the centre of growth.

He made these remarks while paying a courtesy visit to Omukwaniilwa Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo at Onambango last Saturday.

After the consultation with Nangolo, Venaani said the king is a great farmer who wants to see farming reaching the next level, adding that this is the only way Namibia can achieve its industrialisation dream.

“Our people have land and they only need the necessary tools to cultivate and produce more food and make agriculture a centre of growth. Every now and then, we receive rainwater, but we are not making use of it like other nations in the world to take our people forward,” Venaani said.

“We have been drought-stricken for a very long time and now that we have received good rains, we would like to see more of our people producing, so that agriculture can become a tool of self-reliance.”

If a country does not produce its own food, it will not achieve its industrialisation ambitions, Venaani said.

“I would like to see the Ondonga kingdom and its people use their land through modern technology, new seeds, irrigation and aquaporin,” he said.

Venaani was accompanied by two new members of parliament from Oshana – Johannes Martin and Winnie Moongo – as well as PDM deputy secretary-general Linus Tobias.

He was welcomed by traditional leaders and headmen at Onambango.

Nangolo said he appreciates Venaani's visit, adding that this must not be the last time the opposition leader visits the palace.

ILENI NANDJATO

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