HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF PROGRESS
Namibia’s agriculture industry is export-oriented and still employs more people in the country than any other sector. Livestock farming dominates the field: The focus is on meat, dairy products, cow hides and pelts, sheep, and goats. The cultivation of fruit and vegetables is growing increasingly important; one prerequisite for creating additional areas cultivable land is constant artificial irrigation. To that end, the Namibian government launched the ‘Green Scheme’ initiative in 2003, which establishes a basis for converting a total area of 27,000 hectares into premium cultivable land.
Local, high-yield agricultural value creation forms the foundation for feeding the country’s population and producing profitable exports. For this reason, Namibia’s government hopes to attract investors to its agricultural sector with corresponding partnerships and joint ventures, as well as an increased transfer of knowledge and technology.