Ohangwena farmer on poultry farming drive

10 Aug 2015 15:30pm
OSHALI, 10 AUG (NAMPA) - A poultry farmer in the Ohangwena Region, Tauno Shikomba, hosted a chicken farming day at his homestead at the Oshali village on Saturday.
The event attracted a number of poultry farmers and experts from all over Namibia.
The purpose of the event was to give poultry farmers an opportunity to learn about raising chickens for their meat and eggs.
It was also a platform to share ideas and gain experience of how to manage small-scale commercial poultry enterprises that can be profitable.
This was the second time Shikomba hosted the poultry farmers’ day following the initial event last year.
He started farming at the village seven years ago with just a few chickens, which have increased to around 2 000 chickens this year.
Shikomba produces for the local community and slaughters for marketing at his place of business at the Okakwa settlement, also in the Ohangwena Region.
He told those who attended the event the project is meant to contribute to rural economic development and to promote local chicken production by breeding broilers and layers.
It is hoped that it will contribute to job creation, poverty eradication and food security.
Participants were emerging poultry farmers with a production capacity of less than 1 000 chickens.
The business manager of First National Bank (FNB) of Namibia in the Ohangwena Region, Pandu Uahengo told the event participants that his bank supports Shikomba's initiative because it is unique to Namibia, where cuca shops and shebeens dominate the small business arena.
“Investment of this nature is what we want to be associated with because it can grow the country's economy through job creation, ensuring food sufficiency,” Uahengo said, adding that Namibia will no longer experience a shortage of chicken if more entrepreneurs become poultry farmers.
Some of the participants and poultry experts, Helen Mavetera and Salome Petrus, told the gathering that Namibia’s poultry industry will advance and become profitable if best practices are used in chicken raising, housing, biosecurity and contemporary hatchery.
Michael Mulunga, another poultry expert, informed those present that a poultry farmers’ organisation, to be known as the Namibia Emerging Poultry Farmers' Association (NEPFA), will be formed in October this year.
“Once it is formed, NEPFA will serve as a platform where chicken farmers can come together to share experiences, benefits and challenges in the poultry industry. It is also through NEPFA that we can approach the government to offer us some assistance,” he said.
Businesswoman of the year 1999, Sara Elago, presented an inspiring speech, urging poultry farmers to work hard to produce enough chickens for own consumption and for the local market to help address Namibia’s “chicken import syndrome”.
“Namibia has enough land for production, but the problem is our people are lazy and unproductive,” Elago noted.