NAB awards horticulture farmers

13 Jul 2018 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUL (NAMPA) – The Namibia Agronomic Board (NAB) through its horticulture section here on Friday awarded six farmers for their efforts in the horticultural sector.
The primary objective of horticulture in the country is to increase local production of fresh fruits and vegetables.
In an interview with Nampa, NAB Manager for Horticulture, Lesley Losper said the industry will eventually help the country reduce the dependence on imported horticulture fresh produce.
He said the awards are aimed at inspiring and encouraging other farmers to produce more for the horticulture sector.
Losper added that the horticulture sector is working in line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan of Government to eradicate poverty and create employment.
“When farmers are producing more fresh produce locally, more jobs will be created in the agricultural sector,” alluded Losper.
The winning farmers were awarded with vouchers in the three categories; large, medium and small-scale, to procure equipment needed for the production of fresh produce.
In the large-scale category, two farmers from Karts Farming, Kobus Coetzee and Hans van der Merwe took the first and second places respectively.
Louis Louw from Stampriet took the first position while Lucas Mushushi from Etunda came second in the medium category.
In the small-scale category, Olushandja’s Eilo Amashilu took the first prize while the runner-up prize went to Clement Mulyoleka from Zambezi.
Losper noted that the National Horticulture Day will be held at Olushandja on 26 September 2018 in honour of the small-scale category winner.