Saturday, June 22, 2024

Namibia: Musese Green Scheme Prioritises Soil Preservation

Productive land is one of the world’s most valuable assets in banishing poverty and creating shared prosperity but this can only be achieved if enough nutrients are added to the soil so that it can produce more food and lead to food security.

In an effort to produce more food, the private operator of the Musese Green Scheme in Kavango West region, Winni Metzger, is currently applying clay soil with lime and finer material.

‘We are very hopeful that maize will grow better in the next planting season. We will improve the soil,” Metzger told Agri Today at Musese recently.

The clay soil is extracted from a site next to one of the green scheme’s fields, closer to the Okavango River. Metzger said he is putting in about N$4 million in this exercise and is hopeful that he will get it back through improved food production.

He has also placed about 3 000 of his cattle into the fields at Musese so that they can feed on remnants of the harvested maize and to trample on the maize stalks.

When the clay soil is spread on the fields, the fields are then irrigated so that it is well mixed with the trampled maize stalks, cattle urine and cattle dung. He advised that all green schemes can do the same, so that food production is enhanced. Metzger said he allows his cattle to stay in one field of 15 hectares for about six weeks.

“All green schemes can put in cattle after harvesting so that they destroy the maize stalks, release the cow dungs and urine to better the soil. As you can see, my cattle are in good condition and if you are to slaughter one, you will get a good price,” he said.