Opposition parties in the National Assembly criticise 2020-2021 budget

Opposition parties in the National Assembly criticise 2020-2021 budget

Members of the opposition parties in the National Assembly have criticised the 2020-2021 budget.
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), shadow finance minister, Nico Smit, have complained about poor allocation to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform as compared to the allocation to the security sectors combined.
Smit says coming from a severe drought, more money was supposed to have been given to the sector to produce food and ensure adequate water availability.
The PDM member warned that failure to give more financial resources to the agriculture sector, Namibia will one day regret when South Africa closes its border on its import from Namibia and food export into Namibia.
Landless People's Movement leader, Bernardus Swartbooi, said agriculture is the country's largest employer and greatest contributor to the livelihoods and, therefore, deserves better.
While stating that food donations will not solve food security and poverty, Swartbooi pointed out that the Basic Income Grant Initiative is now more needed than ever before.
He noted that giving more money to the Defence Ministry is unnecessary.
The opposition parties have contributed to the budget debate in the National Assembly today.
The debate will continue tomorrow afternoon.