A rice field at the Kalimbeza National Rice Project where harvesting is in full swing. Rice from the project will be commercially available starting in March. The rice from the project is sold mostly in Katima Mulilo and surrounding areas, but will hopefully be available countrywide in the near future. WINDHOEK – Home-grown Namibian rice could soon become a reality on shop shelves across the country and this product is expected to be cheaper compared to a basket of imported rice dominating the local market.
According to Patrick Kompeli, who is an agricultural research technician in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, the recent completion of modern infrastructure at the Kalimbeza National Rice Project near Katima Mulilo signifies the dawn of a new era. This positive development will propel Namibia to greater heights by boosting its food security and assist with the alleviation of rural poverty, Kompeli said last week. Kompeli also serves as the manager of the rice project situated 40 km east of Katima Mulilo in Zambezi. The rice project has been subjected to wide-spread criticism for not living up to its expectations since the pilot phase of the project was initiated in 2001 to make Namibia […]