A minister who threatens the meat producers cannot be their friend; that seems completely impossible. What really is it that the Minister wants to achieve? Is it to corrupt an up to now healthy agricultural sector? Does he want to bring our meat producing sector in line with all the other so ‘intelligently’ managed and so ‘highly successful’ sectors in which government is involved in? It is high time that Mutorwa stops dictating and starts explaining.
We think that Cabinet has blunded again and that the Minister is afraid of trying to stop it. Obviously, and by evaluating its many previous blunders, Cabinet should be able to learn a lesson or two.
Please note, the Minister did not take over his ministry yesterday and, previously, he was involved in other blunders – the national education flop comes to mind immediately. In agriculture, he is now already an old hand and should intimately know the farmer and his mounting plight.
And he by now should have the guts to stand up for the farmer who deserves his help.
He should do his utmost to protect the farmer of Namibia against the many onslaughts of an ignorant government.
Our farmers are already severely hurt; it’s a pure miracle that the majority have not thrown in the towel in already. They feel unsafe in the hands of a minister who seemingly blunders from A to Z.
Yes, we all know what happened in the past! Many farmers are unhappy and disillusioned. We only have to ask the sheep producers, who produce Namibian mutton.
The ministers and cabinet should regard the farmer as a most important part of our national economy. Damage the farmer and Namibia will retrogress the Zimbabwean way.
Little – if anything at all – of what government takes up is a bright success. Look at most of the parastatals. Who would like to see the same happening in Meatco? Neither the farmer, the only rightful owner of Meatco; and also not the Namibian taxpayer, would be happy with that!
We all need our meat industry in a healthy, well-managed state. It took us much time, sweat and tears to bring it there. We farmers fear it will take government much less effort to break it down than what we had to put in to build it up.
If the ministry’s move is not avoidable, we suggest a presidential commission of enquiry into agriculture be conducted first.