Bank Windhoek hosts second Online Agriculture Series

Bank Windhoek will host its second Online Agriculture Series on Wednesday, 23, and Thursday, 24 June 2021. Themed 'Innovation and Trends that will shape the future of Agriculture', the Bank Windhoek Agriculture Series will broadcast live on the Bank's Facebook and YouTube social media platforms. 

The Bank Windhoek Agriculture Series allows experts in their field to share their knowledge with those in the agriculture sector and interested parties to contribute to the sector's commitment and drive. The four-part series engages the public on agriculture innovation, maximizing production, improving crop yields with minimal water usage, and understanding the current agricultural economics and megatrends. 

Bank Windhoek's Executive Officer of Marketing and Corporate Communication Services, Jacquiline Pack, said that the Bank understands the importance of promoting and supporting the Agriculture Sector. “The agriculture sector is a pivotal stakeholder for Bank Windhoek and a key sector to the country," she said.

Namibia's agricultural sector contributes about five percent to the national Gross Domestic Product and sustains 70 percent of the population.  

Expert speakers line up

The Bank Windhoek Agriculture Series will feature Economic Advisor to the Namibian President, James Mnyupe, who will speak alongside Bank Windhoek's Sustainable Investments and Deal Origination Manager, Ruan Bestbier. Zambia's Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Environmental Consultant, Adrian Piers, will share the insights for establishing viable Aquaponics businesses in Namibia. Senior Agricultural Economics Lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Agribusiness Management specialist, Salomo Mbai, will highlight the Agricultural Economic Overview.

Pack concluded that as a connector of positive change and a responsible corporate citizen, the Bank believes in driving progress in the communities in which it operates. "The agriculture sector is the biggest employer, constituting about 24 percent of the labour force. Bank Windhoek also sees rising Small Medium Enterprises in the Agriculture sector. It is thus important to engage and support these sustainable and businesses and the sector as a whole," she said.  

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