16 Apr 2014 08:20am
GOBABIS, 16 APR (NAMPA) Concept notes and project proposals of about N.dollars 6 million have been submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) for a dairy-processing and packaging plant in the Omaheke Region.
Omaheke Regional governor Festus Ueitele gave President Hifikepunye Pohamba an update of the project during his fact-finding mission on Monday on infrastructural development projects initiated last year in Gobabis as well as Otjinene in this region.
Preliminary studies have been done in Omaheke by experts from MAWF and the National Dairy Development Board of India, and these studies have found that this project is viable for the region, he enthused.
While considered a hub for livestock farming, the Omaheke has become ideal as host region for this venture.
Ueitele said close to 10 families are selling milk in Otjinene.
A co-operative named Omaze woZongombe has been formed with omaere (sour milk), yoghurt, cream, cheese and milk as the main products.
The settlements of Otjinene and Tshaka have been identified as feasible hosts for the dairy plant, and land has already been availed at these two sites.
Otjinene is located some 160km north of Gobabis, while Tshaka is a mere 50km south of the regional economic centre.
Former Omaheke Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, accompanied by farmers and other experts in the dairy field, travelled to India in May 2012 to familiarise themselves with dairy production in that country upon the invitation of that countrys National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
The NDDB is known for the production and processing of milk through the Amul-Anand pattern - the worlds largest pouched milk brand.
A team of experts in the dairy industry from India also visited Namibia during late 2012, and expressed satisfaction with developments with regards to the project.
It recommitted itself to assist in any regard in ensuring that the project becomes a reality.
With more than 600 000 heads of cattle and where 60 per cent of the inhabitants are livestock farmers, the region is well-placed to establish a dairy project, Ueitele added.