By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Etunda irrigation green scheme in Omusati region which is the biggest farm within the agricultural business development scheme (AGRIBUSDEV) recorded its highest income in both financial years of 2014/15 and 2015/16.
During the 2014/15 financial year, the scheme recorded an income of more than N$51 million, while in 2015/16 financial an amount of more than N$52 million was recorded.
AGRIBUSDEV chairperson Abraham Nehemia made these revelations during the budget presentation at the organisation’s annual general meeting held at Ongwediva, last week.
“The results presented in the year under review reflect a steady growth in most key aspects of our strategic business operation, more specifically the significant increase in maize production, as well as an increase in revenue and employment creation,” said Nehemia.
Nehemia said that on a comparative index of all studied farms, Sikondo and Shadi recorded a positive balance of N$332 239 and N$870 013 respectively.
Hardap, Kalimbeza, Uvhungu- Vhungu and Ndonga Linena showed negative financial positions of N$1, 5 million, N$5, 3 million, N$8, 9 million and N$6, 4 million respectively in year 2015/16.
Etunda irrigation farm is about 600 hectares in size, which is split in half for both commercial and small scale farming.
Maize is said to be the main crop on the commercial plot, whereas various vegetables varieties such as wheat, potatoes, cabbage, onion, melons and bananas are cultivated seasonally throughout the year by small scale farmers.
The farm workforce comprises of a total of 126 workers of which 81 are women and 45 men.
“Looking forward, the primary focus of the board during 2016/17 shall be on the operations of ongoing project being developed. This include the Etunda phase seven and eight project; the Musese small scale farmers component; the Uvhungu-Vhungu dairy and the full deve lopment of the fenced-off area at Kalimbeza green scheme irrigation farm. We will also continue to pay special attention on the full integration and scaling up of production at Ndonga Linena,” said Nehemia.
Despite the outstanding performances, AGRIBUSDEV is also said to be faced with numerous challenges such as effect of climate change on crops, limited budget delays implementation of some corporate strategic initiative, limited key technical people in the domestic markets such as agricultural engineers and high cost of production and operation notably in energy, fertilizer and office rentals.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015