Namibian Minister of Water and Agriculture, Calle Schlettwein has called on Namibians to invest in sectors and industries capable of growing the domestic economy, citing water and agriculture as viable investments.
The former minister of finance who now sits at the helm of the agricultural ministry said there’s need to revive the country’s economy following the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Water and agriculture are two sectors where Namibians could and should invest to secure food and water availability,” the minister said.
The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) had revealed that the agricultural sector recorded a decline of 2.8 percent in the first quarter of 2021, mainly due to the livestock subsector that contracted by 7.5% in real value-added.
Calle, however, during his recent familiarisation in the Erongo region said large investments in infrastructure and operational capacity and expertise are needed to secure water provision to communities and industries in Namibia’s harsh environment.
He lauded the Erongo community for venturing into agriculture, educational activities and nature conservation.
Celle mentioned the B2Gold mine located in the north-central part of Namibia, stating that it is a company that takes its social responsibility seriously by engaging the community in a manner that ensures that benefits outlast the life of the mine.
“It is very impressive that the B2Gold Otjikoto Mine is not only carrying out its mining mandate successfully but it has incorporated agricultural activities and educational programmes,” he added.