Successful Completion & Handover of the Rice & Mahangu Project

On 15th December 2016, H.E. Mr. Hideyuki Sakamoto, Ambassador of Japan, declared a successful completion of the “Namibia-Japan Rice Mahangu Project” and handed over the project achievements to Mr. Percy Misika, Permanent Secretary of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF).  

The project is scientific research collaboration between the University of Namibia and Kindai University in Japan, aiming to introduce a new method of mixed cropping of the drought resilient mahangu and the flood resilient rice, in order to support small-scale farmers in securing constant agricultural production regardless of meteorological condition.

During the five years of the project implementation which started in 2011, equipment such as water pump, greenhouse, incubator, vehicle, trailer, computer worth around 15 million Namibian Dollars were donated to the Government of Namibia, and various skills were transferred to Namibian academics, MAWF officials and small-scale farmers in the Northern Central Regions, through various trainings and pilot experiments. The newly developed agricultural technics & knowledge through the project are compiled as a form of Guideline, and published both in English and Oshiwambo.

Upon the successful completion of the project, Ambassador Sakamoto handed over the Guideline, flood resilient “Ogongo rice” and Mahangu-Rice Mixed flour, which were developed through the project, to the Permanent Secretary Mr. Misika so that the results achieved through the project will further be practiced by and benefit the farmers on the ground in Namibia.
          - Project Summary