Ruacana support groups harvest own produce

18 May 2017 15:40pm
RUACANA, 18 MAY (NAMPA) – Omusati Regional Councillor for the Ruacana Constituency, Andreas Shintama on Tuesday joined support groups in the harvesting of their seasonal crops.
The harvest took place at two different fields belonging to the Imangulula and Omwatuuva support groups and was the first official harvest of those fields since the establishment of the groups in 2008.
The members of the groups are people living with HIV.
Besides funds which they generated themselves, they are also materially and financially supported by a non-governmental organisation called Tonata from Ongwediva in the Oshana Region.
The Ruacana Constituency has six groups with 265 members, of which 40 are men. Speaking during the event, Shintama said there are six support groups within his constituency and each has a field of a different size.
“The Imangulula support group has the biggest piece of land of about 15 hectares in the region,” he said.
This includes an orchard.
The Omwatuuva support group grows their crops on six hectares of land.
The councillor said the initiative was established to assist the communities in sustaining themselves.
“Members of our support groups produce for both household consumption and the market. They also sell mahangu to generate money to fund their farming activities.”
The money generated is amongst others used to plough fields for the next planting season.