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Namibia: Govt Too Broke for Neckartal Dam Irrigation Scheme

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AGRICULTURE minister Calle Schlettwein says the government has no money to set up the 5 000 hectare irrigation projects which were part of the bigger plan in constructing the Neckartal Dam.

The government spent more than N$5,5 billion on the construction of the dam, which was specifically meant to accelerate agricultural activities in the //Kharas region and contribute to the country’s food security.

After its construction was completed last year, the Neckartal dam became Namibia’s largest dam, with the capacity of more than 800 million cubic metres.

According to Schlettwein, the Neckartal Dam project was to be developed in two phases.

The first phase was the construction of the dam, while the second phase was the design and construction of an irrigation project covering about 5 000 hectares.

Schlettwein said the plan to construct irrigation projects will not be implemented due to financial constraints, since the government is the sole financier.

The government is supposed to first identify, clear and fence off the land before developing irrigation infrastructure for small and medium scale farmers.

“Due to the economic conditions the country has been facing, the government could not proceed with the development of the irrigation scheme,” he said.

Schlettwein made these remarks in responce to questions in the National Assembly last week.