Spanish company to start asparagus project in Omusati

15 Mar 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) – Spanish company Industrias Alimentarias de Navarra (IAN) Grupo Alimentario plans to grow asparagus in the Omahenene area of the Omusati Region.
Spain’s Ambassador to Namibia, Concepción Figuerola said this when she paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob on Wednesday to discuss projects that several Spanish companies are developing or planning to develop in Namibia – one of them the asparagus project.
Figuerola said local farmers will have the opportunity to be taught how to cultivate asparagus. They could then sell the produce to the company’s factory which would be based in the region for exportation.
“Locals will have an opportunity to make capital from the project through producing for the factory and through employment,” she said.
Other Spanish companies are developing a 35 megawatt solar plant in Mariental and five megawatt solar energy plant in Rosh Pinah.
“All these projects aim to boost Namibia’s economy in terms of revenue and employment,” she explained.
Figuerola said the Spanish government is keen to work with Namibia in higher education, adding that students would then be able to do their internships at Spanish companies in both Namibia and Spain.
Spain has invested about N.dollars 1.3 billion in Namibia since Independence in 1990, the ambassador said.
Spain consumes the second-largest amount of fish in the world and has several fish factories in Walvis Bay and Lüderitz which employ about 5 000 local people.