Green Scheme elevating agronomic production
The Green Scheme project has contributed significantly to agronomic production in Namibia, satisfying the local demand for locally produced crops, business analyst from the Agribusdev Evarustus Titus said.
Titus said that since its implementation the Green Scheme project has grown since and so has the agronomic production in Namibia. “Most of the agronomic products on the local market are produced in Namibia and this has been more so since the implementation of the Green Scheme which is aimed at meeting local demand of locally produced products,” Titus said.
The Green Scheme is an initiative conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to encourage the development of irrigation based agronomic production in Namibia.
The project is aimed at increasing the contribution of agriculture to the country’s Gross Domestic Product and to simultaneously achieve the social development and development of communities located within suitable irrigation areas.
“Agribusdev does the funding for irrigation projects that fall under the Green Scheme project, the biggest subsidy comes from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry,” he said.
Grain and Agriculture production is steadily growing in Namibia. The majority of fruits and vegetables consumed in Namibia are imported from South Africa. “Namibia has the capability to produce fruits, vegetables, Mahangu, white maize and wheat commercially for domestic consumption,” the report states.
“We have 11 Green Scheme Projects producing range of crops from Rice, wheat, grapes potatoes, onion, bread flower, maize meal, sun flower oil etc. we produce grains for the national strategic food reserves and this year we shall be producing approximately 18 000 metric tons of maize. We produce vegetables for the hubs,” Managing Director of Agribusdev Petrus Uugwanga said.
Out of the 11 irrigation projects 8 are currently contributing to maize production. Maize production is the crop that is mostly grown and irrigation projects such as the Green Scheme project are mostly contributing significantly to domestic white maize production.
Maize has achieved a lot of success and it has taken a wide increase ever since the Green Scheme project has been implemented,” Titus said.
Titus said that they are increasing the land space for irrigation projects in a bid to further increase agronomic production. “Some of the projects that are currently under extension are the Etunda Irrigation Project and the Ndonga Linena Irrigation project,” Titus said.
The Agribusdev Strategic Plan 2015- 2020 said states that the Agribusdev is responsible for the maintenance of existing infrastructure at the projects, adding that for infrastructures a total of N$9 million is required to improve conditions of the current infrastructures.
“Projects frequently experience pump break- down and suffer massive losses as a consequence. It is therefore necessary to have standby pumps at selected schemes with approximate costs of N$4.5 million,” the report stated.
There is an amount of N$10 million needed for the procurement of inputs for the Green Scheme Projects, the amount is required as intervention when service providers at the projects currently under lease and profit sharing agreements are unable to meet their obligation towards projects and small- scale farmers, the report states.