(Xinhua) -- It was 11:30 a.m. and the sun was at its
peak. Paulina Petrus unbends as she picks up shrubs at her new
resettlement farm land in Namibia’s northern Otjozondjupa
region, as she clears her land out of excitement.
Petrus is one of the 25 farmers
resettled onto 16 farming units in the Otjozondjupa region,
officially handed over this week by Namibia’s minister of land
reform Utoni Nujoma.
For a person who equates sustainable
and profitable farming against the war of landlessness, she
prayed to own a farm as it was limiting sharing farm land with
her big family, she recalled.
“I remember the time I had to share a
small plot with the entire family to produce staple food to
sustain their livelihoods,” she said. “I couldn’t maximize
“I am therefore grateful to be
resettled and have my own farm. Now I can produce more than
I was able to do as we farmed on ancestral farm land,” she
“Not only will I be able to farm to
sustain my livelihood, but I also plan on farming at a
commercial level,” she shared with Xinhua as she revealed
her plans for her new farm.
According to Nujoma, the farming units
allocated through the implementation of the land reform program
were of those publicized during August and October last year.
“The target is for resettled farmers
to be food secure at household level and ultimately sell
local products at the agricultural hubs that had been set up
through ought the country and eventually export within the
region and internationally. Thus making a contribution to
the gross national domestic products,” said Nujoma.
The national targets are also in line
with the farmers’ goals for their farms.
James Collins April, another resettled
farmer, said that, like Petrus, he too has big plans for his
newly acquired portion of land.
“I want to farm not only with animal,
but also crop production. I want to help contribute towards
the GDP of the country and I would focus on job creation,”
While the gift of resettlement farms
will contribute to improving the socio-economic situation of
Petrus and other farmers, Petrus sees this as more than a
“The allocation of farms through the
resettlement programme is an indication of government’s
commitment to address gender parity and women empowerment,”
“It accords a 50/50 quota in terms of
opportunities to men and women. It is recognition that women
have the same potential and are also working hard, just like
men. I want to show the men that as women we are also
capable of being productive,” said Petrus.
In the interim, as the newly resettled
farmers accept their gift of the farm lands from government,
Julius Neumbo, Chairperson of the Otjiwarongo Regional Council
called upon the resettled farmers to make good use of the
allocated farming units, and not to run them down as in the case
of those previously allocated farms.
“I give you a stern warning. I will
send the councilors to monitor the operations and running of
those farms and to ensure that you are productive,” Neumbo