23 Mar 2017 11:00am
REHOBOTH, 23 MAR (NAMPA) - Namibia Dairies, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, last Thursday enriched the lives of five farmers with milk cows and fridges as part of its Farmers Development Programme.
In a media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday, O&L said the programme focuses on introducing local farmers to dairy farming. The five farmers attended an induction course at the Namibia Diaries Avis Plant in Windhoek and the Aimab Superfarm in Mariental, where they were exposed to the production of milk and other dairy products.
This was followed by Thursdays event where the five farmers received three milk cattle each and a fridge, valued at N.dollars 190 000, to kick-start their dairy farming.
The first beneficiaries of the programme are: Inge and Obed Kaveterua from the Omaheke Region; Bertha Mieze from the Otjozondjupa Region; Wilhelmina Kauraisa, Susarra Mallet and Maria Paulus all from the Hardap Region.
Director of Agri-Business at Namibia Dairies, Borney Britz said in the statement he had the opportunity to visit the farms of each beneficiary and it was evident that all of them are very committed and hardworking towards ensuring that they become successful farmers.
This gave us comfort, knowing that these animals will be taken great care of to the success of the programme, Britz said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Hardap Governor Esme Isaack said she is delighted to witness this progressive intervention strategy invented by Namibia Dairies and Agribank.
She said the expansion of milk produce to communal areas is indeed in line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) in terms of food security.
This noble project is evident of the collective responsibility of the public and private sector for the enhancement of the living conditions of our people, said Isaack.
She noted that the project supports Governments tireless efforts to address many challenges facing the Namibian people.
This is your opportunity to diversify your farming practice from beef to milk produce. Milk is one of the healthiest products, so use this opportunity to the fullest, Isaack said.