NCRST hands over pearl millet facilities to Ondangwa COSDEC

19 Feb 2017 13:40pm
ONDANGWA, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) handed over facilities for the Pearl Millet/Olute Food Research Project to the Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) at Ondangwa, Oshana Region on Friday.
The facilities include the hall, guesthouse and two production buildings.
Former Defence Minister and Chairperson of the Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) Board, Nahas Angula officially received the facilities from NCRST General Manager, Vincent Nowaseb.
Nawaseb told Nampa after the handover that NCRST has been running the Pearl Millet/Olute Food Project, which is engaged in mahangu food production, since 2014.
Mahangu flour, biscuits, chips and snacks are the produce of the project.
“NCRST will continue providing technical support to the project after the handover of the facilities to COSDEC here today,” Nawaseb said, adding the project is aimed mostly at poverty eradication and to add value to mahangu products.
Speaking at the same event, Angula said the Olute Food Research Project is about developing and modernising local food such as mahangu, beans and groundnuts to ensure nutrition.
According to Angula, the COSDEC was introduced to impart skills on the youth who are rejected by formal education so that they too become skilled and are able to create self-employment.
Angula initiated the Olute Food Project at the time he was the Higher Education Minister. He wants Namibia to add value to her local-made food, ensure food security and get rid of the dependence on food imports.
Oshana Regional Councillor for the Ondangwa Urban Constituency, Elia Irimari and Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa’s Special Advisor, Michael Mwinga also attended the event.