By Okeri Ngutjinazo
CABINET has directed the agriculture ministry to advise farmers in areas with poor grazing conditions to reduce their livestock.
Minister of information Stanley Simataa disclosed this yesterday during a media briefing on decisions made at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting. He said farmers are urged to take the necessary precautions which include reducing the number of livestock through sales and culling while the livestock are still in excellent condition.
Cabinet had thus directed the ministry of agriculture, as well as regional councils to monitor the situation, and to respond accordingly in areas affected by poor agricultural production by identifying food-insecure people, and requesting food assistance from the government. The ministry was also urged to repair and drill boreholes, and where possible, provide water tanker services to the affected areas.
Simataa said Cabinet further directed the ministry of agriculture to ensure the timely and sufficient allocation of production inputs, and to speed up the repair of government tractors to enhance productivity in the crop-growing regions during the cropping season.
Cabinet also took note of the 2015/2017 annual reports and audited financial statements of Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) submitted by the ministry of tourism.
The tourism ministry was authorised to table the report in the National Assembly, which is set to resume this month.
Cabinet likewise took note of the 2016 annual report of the communal lands board, submitted by the ministry of land reform, and the 2018 annual report and audited financial statements of the Electricity Control Board (ECB), submitted by the ministry of mines. Both reports are also expected to be tabled in the National Assembly.
Simataa said Cabinet took note of the report on the 10th anniversary of the World Investment Forum 2018 and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), and directed several ministries to take action in their areas of responsibility.
The Office of the President is to arrange for president Hage Geingob to travel to Cascais, Portugal for the Horasis global meeting as a guest of honour, and then proceed to the annual investor meeting in Dubai in April. Cabinet also directed the ministry of trade to start preparations for both the Horasis global meeting and the annual investment meeting. Besides, they must start engaging Horasis in preparations for a summit in Namibia.
Simataa said the ministry of health has furthermore been requested to start preparations for the country to host the Southern African Development Community conference on HIV-AIDS, with the assistance of the ministry of international relations.
Meanwhile, the ministry of labour was directed to start preparations to host the International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s 100th anniversary in 2019, in collaboration with the ILO. The ministry of education must look into the possibility of getting historical documents on the country's liberation struggle from the United Nations office in Geneva for Namibia's national archives, while the ministry of youth and the Office of the President are to prepare issues to be discussed between the president and the United Arab Emirates minister of youth.
Simataa added that the ministry of poverty eradication will be part of the delegation to the investment meeting in Dubai, and must prepare topics for the president's meeting with the food and security minister of the UAE.
- Compiled by Okeri Ngutjinazo