Dry spell forces Govt to revive 1997 drought policy

By Kaipaherue Kandjii

The agriculture ministry has decided to review its outdated 27-year-old drought policy to meet the needs of farmers, amongst others, as dry spells are increasingly becoming a norm.

Last week, a high-level workshop scrutinised the 1997 Drought Policy to enhance Namibia’s resilience and guide an action plan on mitigating the impact of drought, which has been wreaking havoc in all spheres.

The meeting, which took place in the capital, adopted a string of resolutions to modernise the policy. Farmers claim that they were left worst off without any meaningful subsidies, amongst others, from the government amid droughts.

The policy will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval once due diligence has been finalised.

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