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Bush utilization in Communal Areas

Bush utilization in Communal Areas

Gert Jacobie
THE immediate resolutions of the High Level Committee on getting the Namibian economy going again a few weeks ago, might not be that easy to implement.
The Director of Forestry in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Joseph Hailwa, on Friday that some work has to done before the fires of charcoal producers in communal areas can be lit.

Pictured: Mr. Joseph Hailwa, Director of Forestry in the Ministry of Agriculture. – Photo: Contributed

“The communal areas are more difficult. We cannot only do an assessment of areas invested with invader plants and bush and then issue a permit for charcoal production. It is much more difficult,” he said at Otjiwa where the annual Biomass Technology Expo was held.
We will have to consult traditional leadership, inform ourselves of areas with suited bio-materials to be harvested and organize the communities. We must make sure not only certain individuals gain from the opportunity and employment is organized. We also have to make sure international and local regulations are adhere to. If we do not do that, we put the future of the bio-industry in jeopardy,” he said.
In that regard, government as the main player in developing a viable bio-industry in communal areas is leaning heavily on local and international input to get things right from the very beginning.
In this regard, DAS (De-bushing Advisory Council of Namibia) a co-operational partnership serving the industry is doing important work.
DAS provides information on bush encroachment, control methods and biomass utilisation, serves as a knowledge and contact broker for the industry and foster access to financial and technical support.
Together with its organisational partner, N-BiG, they police policy driving the potentially huge industry now taking shape in the agro-arena.

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