Omaheke community receives N.dollars 650 000 for garden project

08 Dec 2017 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 NOV (NAMPA) - Farmers and community members from Hukus, Aminuis in the Omaheke Region on Thursday received a donation of N.dollars 650 000 for the development of a community garden from Erongo Marine Enterprises and the Centre for Resource and Transformation (CERET).
Omaheke is amongst the eight regions of Namibia whose poverty rates are above the national poverty incidence percentage of 28,7 per cent.
The Hukus community, which is largely populated by Setswana speaking people, received farming equipment and facilities for the development of the garden in their community.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony held in Aminuis, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau stated that the gardening project is one of the ways in which revenue from fisheries resources contributes to solving the challenges faced by impoverished communities across the country.
Esau mentioned that the project will run for three years and will preliminarily benefit 18 households directly and 30 household by the end of the project.
He said that through the project, community members will be trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in areas such as irrigation; water, pest and disease control; and nursery and seedbed preparation techniques for the production of fruit and vegetables.
Esau added he is hopeful that beneficiaries will use the opportunity to set up more gardens in the area, thereby producing enough food to feed the community and even sell to other areas in Namibia.
The project has already commenced its operations.