The Agricultural Bank of Namibia, as a development finance institution, does not only lend money for the promotion of agriculture and related activities, but the bank is also responsible for the provision of Agri-advisory services to farmers.

As part of its Agri-advisory role, Agribank during the past two weeks hosted training events for women and youth in //Karas region, covering topics such as farm management planning, rangeland management, small stock management, crop production, piggery and poultry production.

“The aim of the trainings is to equip farming communities with skills that enhance productivity and at the same time take into consideration climate resilience through diversified farming practices,” said Agribank’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Fillemon Nangonya.

Trainings were conducted in Keetmanshop, Aroab, Koës and Berseba between 1 to 9 February 2022, and each session was attended by over 30 participants comprised of women and youth.

“All farmers, both clients and non-clients, can be beneficiaries of the training services, aimed at delivering technical farming skills through theory-based learning and practical demonstrations, to strengthen farmers’ skills, knowledge, and attitude towards farming.”

This week, trainings are taking place in Erongo Region, covering the coastal towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund from 15 – 17 February 2022.

“Interested farmers that would like to be trained, are hereby advised to organise themselves in a group of fifteen people or more and contact the Bank for training arrangements and the topics to be covered,” said Nangonya.

In the photo: One of the training sessions being conducted by Mr Erastus Ngaruka, Agribank’s technical advisor for livestock and rangeland.