21 Nov 2013 13:10pm
OUTJO, 21 NOV (NAMPA) Members of Outjos first-ever community garden, which is to be established soon, received farming implements from the Kunene Regional Council here on Wednesday afternoon.
Outjo Constituency Councillor, Abraham Job handed over three wheelbarrows, five rakes, eight rolls of mesh fence wire, various vegetable seeds and water pipelines to the chairperson of the Outjo community garden, Elizabeth Mbako.
Mbako thanked the Outjo constituency councillor and the Kunene Regional Council for supporting the garden as an income-generating project.
She told Nampa after the handing-over that the Outjo community garden already has an electric-powered borehole, which will pump out water to the vegetables.
Mbako said the eight rolls of wire will be used to fence off the two hectare portion of land which the garden is situated on, some three kilometres west of Outjo on the way to Khorixas.
She said she is happy to see a variety of seeds for watermelons, cabbages, onions, pumpkins, tomatoes, carrots, and green peppers, amongst others, as part of the donation.
Mbako noted that her group of 20 people will start clearing the land in early December this year, uproot stamps in the soil and fence-off the area.
She was optimistic that the soon-to-be-established garden will do well, saying the group of workers comprises 17 dedicated women and three strong and hardworking men who are all unemployed.
That gives me hope that we will prosper because we are all unemployed, and this project gives each of us an opportunity to make a living, she said.
Meanwhile, two more small and medium entrepreneurs in the constituency also benefitted from the donation.
The owner of the Outjo Blaize Leather Products, Blasius !Aochamub, received an industrial sewing machine valued at N.dollars 42 000.
Harry Gawiseb of the Dibasen Jewelery and Designing Company also received a jewelry-making machine valued at more than N.dollars 40 000.
Job urged them to produce quality products, work hard and create employment for other residents in their constituency.
He also urged other community members in the constituency who operate small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to apply for support and sponsorship from the Outjo Constituency Development Committee early next year.