FARMERS in the Omusati Region are calling on government to avail more tractors as those allocated to the regions are not enough.
As a result of the shortfall, many farmers have to go village to village looking for tractors to either lend or rent as they haven’t yet ploughed their fields and the season to plant is coming to a close.
One of the farmers, 63-year-old Steven Masipa, said while he is grateful that government has given the regions subsidized tractors for their use as privately owned ones are too costly, the available tractors aren’t enough to cater to everyone.
Privately owned tractors go for about N$250 per hectare, which means that small scale farmer can end to paying as much as N$1,000.
“If government can at least ensure that each constituency has at least two tractors, then the problem will be resolved,” he said.
According to James Nzehengwa, Chief Agricultural Scientific Officer, the dry land crop production program has been implemented in the 10 crop growing region, namely Zambezi, Kavango East and West, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Kunene, Otjozondjupa and Omaheke.
“So far, 91 constituencies have at least one tractors,” he said, adding that government provides subsidies for the use of private tractors.
Nzehengwa concluded that plans are in the pipeline to acquire more tractors to meet the high demand.