Bush encroachment creates a unique opportunity for farmers and the economy-NAU

Bush encroachment creates a unique opportunity for farmers and the economy-NAU
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The Namibia Agricultural Union, NAU, says bush encroachment creates a unique opportunity for farmers and the economy.
A statement by the NAU noted that bush encroachment can be a valuable resource if transformed into biomass to create energy and new value chains.
Bush encroachment affects about 26 to 30-million hectares of Namibian farmland, a figure which is expected to increase to 45-million hectares soon.
Some farmers already started turning encroaching bushes into animal feed, which has so far proven to be successful during the dry and rainy seasons.
15 farmers producing bush-based feed, have been selected for technical assistance to ensure optimal production so far.
The Support to De-bushing Project, jointly implemented by the German International Co-operation agency, GIZ and the Agriculture, Water and Forestry Ministry, currently conducts a research to maximise bush-based feed production.
Two pilot projects, including laboratory analysis of encroached species found at the pilot sites, feed production and intensive feeding trials, have been set up in Namibia.