Namibia records first case of listeriosis

Namibia has recorded the first case of listeriosis, the Namibian Minister of health Bernard Haufiku confirmed. “A 41 year old man was diagnosed with the disease on Monday and is being treated in a hospital in Windhoek. This is the first case of listeriosis reported in Namibia since the outbreak…

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South Africans, Germans top foreign land owners in Namibia

The Namibian Ministry of Land Reform says South African and German citizens form the majority of the 281 foreign nationals who still own large tracts of farmland in violation of a law that prohibits foreign ownership of land. Ministerial Spokesperson Chrispen Matongela told local media that foreigners own a total…

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Namibian farmers lose due to lack of cold storage facility

The Namibian Agro-marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) says the country still relies heavily on imported fresh produce because it has no long-term cold storage facilities. According to AMTA’s annual report for 2016/’17, all perishable products like vegetables, tomatoes, onions, butternuts, potatoes and cabbages must be consumed shortly after harvest due…

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Destructive aquatic weed reappears after 30-year absence in Botswana

The Botswana Department of Water Affairs (DWA) has appealed for emergency assistance to fight the resurgence of water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes), an invasive aquatic weed that displaces native plant species from water bodies. Addressing the 2nd Botswana Biodiversity Symposium held in Maun recently, DWA invasive weed expert Dr. Naidu Kurungudla…

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