By Hileni Nembwaya
DURING the 2015/16 financial year, the green scheme farms that produced maize accounted for 24.9 percent of national maize production, while over 70 percent was imported.
According to the Managing Director of agricultural business development (AGRIBUSDEV), Petrus Uugwanga, during the year under review the green scheme projects produced a total output of 17 829 metric tonnes of maize, which represented a 24.5 percent increase compared to the 2014/15 results, to the domestic production of maize.
“We can equally note with pride that over 95 percent of maize that was delivered to the national strategic food reserves under the auspices of agro-marketing and trade agency (AMTA) was procured via the green scheme projects,” said Uugwanga.
A total of 3 006 hectares of land were planted with maize, which produced a total yield of 17 829 metric tonnes. In addition the harvest, compared to baseline year yield, showed an increase of 3 052 metric tonnes, representing a 21,7 percent increase.
Production records of 2013/14 and 2014/15 are also said to have exceeded that of the baseline year by 2 522 metric tonnes and 272 metric tonnes respectively.
According to the 2014/15 Namibia agronomic board data, Etunda irrigation farm, which is one of the largest green schemes, planted maize on a total of 738 hectares planted and 3 103 metric tonnes were harvested.
Musese irrigation project also recorded a bumper harvest during the year under review with a total of 4 084 metric tonnes harvested from 430 hectares.
The report further stated that Namibia consumed a total of 151 960 metric tonnes of maize during the financial year 2014/15 and out of the total national consumption, 71 305 metric tonnes were produced locally and 82 527 metric tonnes were imported.
Of the total national production, 36 244 metric tonnes were produced under rain-fed and 37 213 metric tonnes were produced under irrigation, including green scheme farms.
Based on the AGRIBUSDEV set standards on maize production, maize yield per hectare is set above nine metric tonnes.
However, most of the farms failed to meet this internal standard due to various reasons such as climate change, power shortage or interruptions particularly at Ndonga Linena Irrigation Farm.
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