The Swapo Party Youth League has urged farmers to plant more crops during the rain-friendly weather pattern that could deliver growth, saying COVID-19 has brought to light critical weaknesses and inequalities in the health and food systems. The league’s Secretary for Economic Affairs, Marius Sheya insisted that projects such as the irrigation of 5 000 hectares alongside the newly completed and filled Neckertal Dam must immediately commence, and called for the excavation of earth dams to harvest runoff, saying earth dams in communal areas and resettlement farms protect farmers against potential dry spells.