Top officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform from across Namibia are gathered in Oshakati where they will have a 5-day workshop to review their performance during the first quarter of the current financial year.

Under the leadership of Ms Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata, the Executive Director of the Ministry, and Dr Elijah Ngurare, who is the deputy director for the water department in the Ministry, the gathering of directors and senior managers of various divisions and departments in the ministry and representatives of the Ministry from all the regions are going to reflect on what was done so far during the year and strategise on how to best achieve results during the remainder of the year.

The workshop was officially opened today by the Governor of Oshana, Mr Elia Irimari, who said that the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform is “the leg of the nation. Through agriculture we can end extreme poverty, through agriculture we have strong legs.”

The Governor said that Oshana has accomplished a lot in terms of agriculture services and water delivery.

“Recently seven earth dams were constructed in our region, and that is a major achievement.”

However he said that there is a lot to be done. He mentioned the oshakati Eloolo Abbatoir and the AMTA meat processing facility which have for years not been operational as some of the infrastructure which need to be discussed during the week’s gathering.

He also mentioned the challenges with people who are fencing off vast tracts of land in Ombuga area.

“These types of workshops are rotational, last time we were in Rundu. We have come together to review our performance. And also to visit our colleagues in the regions and to see the infrastructures, for all of us to see what you have delivered and done on the ground,” said Nghituwamata. “I am proud of you guys.”

“We are going to visit Eloolo and the meat processing,” said Ms Nghituwamata.

The Namibia Correctional Services and Meatco would also make presentations at the workshop about their activities. Especially Meatco will have to say what have they done with the funds received from the Ministry.

In the photo: Oshana Governor Elia Irimari, flanked by Ms Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata and Dr Elijah Ngurare, speaking to nearly 100 officials of the Agriculture and Water Ministry.