Okaoko Tavi to get community garden

01 Mar 2018 22:10pm
OPUWO, 01 MAR (NAMPA) - The community of Okaoko Tavi in the Opuwo Rural Constituency has finally agreed to avail a piece of land to the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) for the establishment of a garden.
The villagers were initially not in favour of the idea as they feared they would lose their land and the garden would benefit the NCS only.
After two days of negotiations, they finally agreed to the plan on Wednesday.
The meeting was amongst others attended by the Kunene Governor, Marius Sheya, his two special advisors, NCS officials, traditional leaders and community members.
Opuwo rural constituency councillor, Kazeongere Tjeundo, told Nampa that the idea for a community garden was proposed several years ago but due to the reluctance of residents, it did not materialise.
He said the garden will be run by the NCS in collaboration with the governor’s office.
They plan to, amongst others, grow cabbages, carrots, tomatoes and onions.
“Okaoko Tavi has enough water. We will get water from the oldest spring in the village, which can irrigate the garden for many years,” said Tjeundo.
Chief Unjamua Humu told this news agency the project will have a big impact on the community.
He also urged them to stop seeing development as a threat and then complaining that they have been left behind in terms of development.
Chief Razapi Kavari thanked the government officials and asked the community to cooperate with them.
He added that the garden will contribute to food security in the region.
Okaoko Tavi is situated 60 kilometers outside Opuwo.