SMALL scale farmers in the Otjozondjupa region will be able to access Namibian Agro-Marketing Agency (AMTA) in order to sell their fresh produce.
This follows after AMTA undertook an awareness exposure visit to engage farmers and to sensitize them on becoming registered producers and to access the markets.
Regional governor James Uerikua, during his State of the Region Address (SORA), said that farmers in all seven constituencies were introduced to methods of accelerating their participation in supplying AMTA with horticultural and poultry products.
“There is an urgent and serious need for the establishment of Strategic Food Reserve Facilities and Fresh Produce Hubs to support farmers for food security and sustainability,” he said.
He noted that already a sufficient number of farmers have registered with AMTA and ready to trade their produce through market access.
During the period under review, farmers in the region managed to benefit from the Namibia Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project (NAMSIP), aimed at improving food security and resilience.
“This program is at an advanced stage and to be implemented during the 2021/22 financial year,” he cited.
Uerikua stated that beneficiaries have been selected and various tools and implements will be sourced for distribution to farmers. While a cluster of seed multipliers has been selected and ready for production.