Namibia (Xinhua) -- Namibia
will increase the old age social grants and provide
subsidies for ploughing services in 2017, President Hage
Geingob has said.
In his New Year’s message,
Geingob said the old age social grants will be increased
by 100 Namibian dollars (about 7 U.S dollars) from 1,100
Namibian dollars per month as from June 2017.
Geingob also said the government will subsidize
ploughing services, fertilizers and seeds to communal
farmers starting from mid-January 2017.
Furthermore, Geingob said the government’s plans of
servicing 6,000 plots as well as the construction of
5,000 houses will materialize in 2017.
In addition, he said, the second land conference that
will review the progress made since the 1991 conference
has been scheduled for September.
Geingob said although Namibia has had problems in
2016, the nation can forge ahead if all the people adopt
a single-minded resolution to rededicate themselves to
fully implement the set goals and objectives.
"This is therefore, the Year of Rededication," he
declared, adding that the challenges Namibia faced in
2016 will persist in 2017.
"A resilient and innovative approach will therefore
be required to mitigate the severity of these
challenges," he said.