During this devastating drought that is impacting on farmers’ output, there is a need to invest in infrastructure that can impact on the farmer’s development.
Namibia is an arid country, with 70% of its population depending on agriculture.
In line with developing the proper infrastructure, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has launched two formal Government work tenders worth N$30m for the Mashare irrigation project in Kavango East, which closed on October 29th.
The tenders, which were only reserved for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), consist of on-field irrigation and pipeline for the Mashare irrigation project.
The first tender is to install on-field irrigation at the Mashare Phase 2 irrigation project in the Kavango East Region. Located on the banks of the Okavango River, approximately 40km east of the Rundu, this project consists of approximately 300ha located at the existing first phase.
According to the tender bulletin, the area is divided into a Commercial Faming Unit (CFU) Phase 2 of 214ha and a Phase 1 alteration of 60ha, as well as a Medium Scale Farming Unit (MSFU) of approximately 100ha.
The CFU comprises of a centre pivot (CP) irrigation area, served by a combination of 11 CPs from 9.5ha up to 30ha. The MSFU also comprises of CP irrigation and each medium scale farmer is provided with 10x10ha CPs grouped in pairs.
Furthermore, the Mashare Phase 1 irrigation project is also being upgraded. The upgrade consists of the inclusion of the existing two 30ha CPs, as well as the installation of three linear irrigation systems.
Thus, the works under this contract includes the supply, delivery and installation of 2.3 CPs, three linear systems, their bases and related fertigation, plus the construction of a net house in shade netting.
The tender attracted four bidders including Aqualand, Fermour Investments, Green Park Irrigation and Maintenance and Afro Installations.
The second work tender involves the supply, delivery and installation of the bulk supply and distribution pipeline (conveying water from t river pump station over 2 500m) and a pipe distribution network.
It has seen four tenderers, three of whom had bid for the first tenders (Fermour Investments, Green Park Irrigation and Maintenance and Afro Installation) and Makalani Engineering as the fourth one.