by Albertina Nakale
LISELO – Traditional authorities in the Caprivi Region have availed land to the government for its ambitious Green Scheme Development Programme.
The chiefs gave the land after the government engaged them some time ago.
They availed the land following a successful visit in January by the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Andrew Ndishishi.
During his visit, Ndishishi impressed upon the chiefs the importance of the Green Scheme Project towards improving food security.
He also said silos for grain storage would be constructed on the availed land.
Since Monday this week, officials from the ministry have been on the ground to undertake a preliminary assessment and evaluation of the land.
The traditional authorities availed land at Liselo in Katima Rural and at Kongola and Singalamwe in the Kongola Constituency.
Liselo has approximately 2 100 hectares of farmland available. The farm is about 5 km from the Zambezi River.
Liselo also has access to a power line located less than a kilometre away.
It was noted that water, power and land are essential for the successful running of any green scheme project.
The Kongola farm, which is adjacent to the Rundu- Katima Mulilo main road stretching from the Kwando River to the Kongola business center, has about 500 hectares of farmland.
The ministry’s engineer, Norman Bishi, on Monday told New Era that Kongola would also benefit from the Kwando River while the electrical power grid is just on the side of the farm.
Singalamwe, according to Kongola Councillor, David Muluti, has about 1 000 hectares of land.
The Singalamwe proposed project would draw water from the Kwando River near the border between Namibia and Zambia.
Construction of a power line is expected to start before the end of the year.