Namibia’s Agriculture Ministry is trying to secure 1,200 hectares needed for Neckartal Dam’s phase two, that involves agricultural production. In a statement yesterday, Minister Calle Schlettwein said the Ministry has managed to acquire 3,800 hectares of 5,000 hectares needed.
Crops envisaged for the land include dates, grapes, grains, horticulture and lucerne. Phase one, which is the construction of the dam, was completed in November 2019 at a cost of N$ 5.7 billion.
The dam has a capacity of 857 million m3 of water, making it Namibia’s largest dam to date. Government envisioned using its own resources to complete phase two – but due to recent global and national economic headwinds that negatively affected government’s fiscal position, it is no longer possible.