Ongombe agricultural show on at Otjiwarongo

26 Aug 2014 10:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 26 AUG (NAMPA) – The annual Ongombe Agricultural show commenced with a flurry of activities on Monday at the Paresis Sports Stadium in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The Administrative Secretary of Ongombe Farmers Association, Ebenhard Karita told Nampa in an interview on Monday that more than 200 small and large livestock farmers are listed to participate in this year’s show.
The show ends on Saturday.
“We will also allow some small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners to sell their prepared food at the show so that they can generate money for themselves,” said Karita.
He said the show was founded in 1987 at Okamatapati in the Okakarara Constituency by Albert Tjihero who is still an active Ongombe Agricultural Show organising committee member.
Karita said the show mainly markets fattened and young cattle breeds, goats and sheep.
The show is also an opportunity for livestock owners who would like to auction their animals to do so, usually on the last day of the show.
The different cattle breeds being exhibited here include Brahmans, Brangus, Simmentaler cattle and Santa Gertrudis.
On the side of goats, the Boer and Savanna goats are also here as well as the Dorper and Van Rooyen sheep.
According to Karita, the organising committee decided to charge an entrance fee to the show of N.dollars 10 for children and N.dollars 20 for adults.
The Miss Ongombe 2014 beauty pageant will kick off on Friday with the crowning on Saturday evening at the Paresis Sports Stadium Hall.
Miss Ongombe 2014 will receive a Brahman heifer, the first princess will win a prize of two goats while the second princess gets a Savanna goat.
Last year’s Ongombe Agricultural show took place at the Windhoek Show Grounds.