Store rain and flood water for farming
Explain your idea in details:
My idea is to store rain and flood water in aerated tanks during the rainy season for farming more especially during dry season. My village and most rural areas in northern part of Namibia every year, received rainwater in large quantities accompanied by excessive flood. Most of the time, the rains that cause these floods fall in Angola, then flow into Namibia's Cuvelai basin and end up filling the flood plains in Namibia. These floods in the northern parts of the country, often causes not only damage to infrastructure but also loss of life (1). Namibia's climate in rural areas is hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic (2). People only do agriculture farming during the rainy season from December to May and during the dry season from May to December; their fields are dry waiting for the rain season again. As a result, Namibia is known to suffer from natural disaster of prolonged periods of drought (2). My idea is to do agricultural activities in my field during the dry season. The initiative will educate the community to start agricultural farming in their field during the dry season in order to produce food throughout the year. If the nation can start using the country's resources at the right time then drought will be a thing of a past. Citizens need to come up with initiatives of producing food in the country because Namibia is the 141st largest country in the world by population. It is the 34th largest country in the world by area with 824,292 square kilometers (3) but people lack food because they do not engage much in agriculture throughout the year. Even animals used to die because of drought (4). http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/northern-namibia-braces-worst-flood-memory-170317113756362.html (1) http://www.indexmundi.com/factbook/compare/south-africa.namibia (2) http://www.ifitweremyhome.com/compare/ZA/NA (3) http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/africa/namibia/losing-crops-and-livestock-to-extensive-drought-in-namibia-72186/ (4).
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
My idea will impact communities and educate them on water storage and usage in order to produce food throughout the year. Apart from food production, this initiative will also create employment in my village. As I said earlier, this water used come in large quantities even schools used to shut down, some villages used to be isolated and cannot be accessed by four-wheel drive vehicles due to excessive water but this water used to dry up without being stored. Namibia is currently in economical crisis and many people lost jobs because of this crisis. What will remedy the situation in Namibia is just for people to start producing more food through agriculture projects. This business will be a life-saving opportunity because currently people from my village and nearby villages have to travel on daily basis for 10km to 40km to go and buy these products e.g. tomatoes, onions, green pepper, spinach, potatoes etc. at a nearby town Oshakati. Apart from doing a business, I will also motivate and educate the community to start farming even at small scale just for them to have even little food but, not to rely on buying everything and through this there will be no poverty in an forms, no more hunger, food security will be achieved, nutrition will be improved and promote sustainable agriculture.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This idea has a positive impact in the community and will benefit many people in terms of employment and food productions. The main objectives of this idea are to promote healthy environment, business profitability, and to improve both the social and economic development in the village. The production process starts at digging underground PVC pipes to collect water from the flood plains and pump it in the aerated tanks. From there, the field will be prepared for farming and I will engage relevant people with skills on agriculture to ensure that the products will be of high quality. I will then employ unemployment people from my community since this will be a profit making business. The products that will be generated in the field will be sold in my community and to near-by villages at the cheap price. I will establish marketing channels to be a supplier of agricultural products to the northern areas. The production cost of this business will be very low because there will be no paying of water monthly usage and this will be a self sustain business through it is profit revenue. I am sure this business will collaborate and or give birth to more business like livestock farming of pigs, chicken even aquaculture.
I am Karolina Ashivudhi, 34 years and a Namibian Citizen. I am a civil servant and an entrepreneurs. I also drafted a book waiting to be published, meaning I am an upcoming author. I am currently doing the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport and other studies. I am very determined and a highly motivated person. I like to be a problem solver and every time I always want to be a solution to people's problems. I love writing and above all I like to explore on new opportunities and new skills more especially in Farming.