25 Sep 2013 09:50
GOBABIS, 25 SEP (NAMPA) - The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Tjekero Tweya has lauded the Office of the Omaheke Governor for the initiative to hold a unifying trade fair in the region.
Describing trade fairs as vital for business networking between customers, suppliers and business owners, Tweya said his ministry was fully behind the initiative and will support it in any manner possible.
He made the remarks when he officially opened the second Omaheke Trade Fair on Tuesday, which runs from 24 to 28 September 2013.
The deputy minister said the trade fair, being the only regional trade event in the country, has the potential to grow further, thereby contributing positively to the development of the Omaheke Region through its spin-offs.
The Deputy Trade and Industry minister used the opportunity to urge those exhibiting at the event to consider venturing into manufacturing industries.
He said such industries along with farming and agro-businesses - were vital towards the attainment of the countrys developmental objective, Vision 2030.
Manufacturing has the potential to create more jobs than any other sector. As such, we need to seriously look into the possibility of venturing more into these types of businesses and do away with only focusing on the service industry, he said.
Tweya also urged farmers to consider the diversification of their activities to include spin-off industries that could be created through farming, as opposed to merely focusing on the rearing of livestock.
There are numerous manners in which farmers could benefit from their livestock other than simple animal husbandry. We need to look at a cow and see more than just onyama (meat) and omaere (sour milk).
Let us see if we can also venture into by-products of milk such as cheese and butter, and let us see if we can use the hide for the weaving of mats, cushion covers and so on, he stressed.
The Omaheke Trade Fair has been billed as a unification platform for all fairs, festivals and agricultural shows in the region.
It is the brainchild of former Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, who wanted the region to reap maximum benefits from the centralised trade event.