Sikondo reaps first cauliflower harvest

20 Oct 2017 17:10pm
RUNDU, 19 OCT (NAMPA) – The Agribusdev Sikondo Green Scheme Project in the Kavango West Region in September harvested its first crop of cauliflower planted on a one hectare piece of land.
According to online Healthine newsletter, cauliflower is a healthy vegetable which helps maintaining the heart and the cardiovascular system.
It is also rich in fibre which helps lower cholesterol levels as it contains antioxidants which act as an anti-inflammatory agent that assists in building a healthy immune system.
Assistant Farm Manager, Maxwell Nghidinwa told Nampa on Thursday that the farm started growing the crop in June and its first harvest was in mid-September.
Nghidinwa said the harvest was very good but these crops are winter crops.
“We found out in August that the temperature was a bit cool in the morning but very high in the afternoon which causes them to become a bit yellowish,” he said.
The green scheme also produces broccoli since 2015.
Nghidinwa stressed that although the harvest was good, the challenge faced by the scheme was a lack of a market and thus called on local people to visit the green scheme to buy the vegetables.
The cauliflower and broccoli are packed in 250 gram packages as preferred by households and supermarkets.
The other challenge is acquiring a reliable market of retailers and supermarkets.
He said local people are not used to some of these vegetables since their preferred cuisines are mainly porridge prepared with tomato sauce and potatoes, saying that people should try out different foods to have a balanced diet.
“Some of these crops, like cauliflower, we need to educate our customers if we are to continue growing broccoli and cauliflower because 85 per cent of our target market to purchase these crops are household customers,” Nghidinwa said.
At the moment, the green scheme supplies cauliflower and broccoli to some retailers in the region such as OK Foods Supermarket and Oceano Woermann Brock.