30 May 2019 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 30 MAY (NAMPA) Twenty-four students, who completed a one-year Food Growers Course at Farm Okukuna in Windhoek as part of the City of Windhoek (CoW)s food security initiative, graduated with certificates on Wednesday.
The course, facilitated by Eloolo Permaculture Initiative, is the first of its kind and forms part of CoWs Food Nutrition and Security project.
Speaking at the event, CoW Strategic Executive: Economic Development and Community Service, Fillemon Hambunda said the knowledge imparted on these students will enable them to use it whenever they need it.
The skills imparted on the students cannot be taken from them. Even if there is no water they can still use these skills when water comes, he said.
Also speaking at the same event, CoW Councillor Ananias Niizimba said this programme was established to ensure food security for Windhoek residents.
With this, we have committed to develop sustainable food systems that are inclusive, resilient, safe and diverse that provide healthy and affordable food to all people in a human rights-based framework, Niizimba said.
He added that aside from providing healthy and accessible food to the most vulnerable communities, another reason for this programme is to build capacity of the community to grow its own food.
Speaking to Nampa at the graduation ceremony, one of the graduates, Nestor Andjamba said the progamme has helped him with crop production and he will use the knowledge even at his house in the north.
I did not know that growing different plants at the same place can be a pest control system and I am now informed about which fertilisers to use and which are environmentally friendly, he said.
Foibe Walaula said she is grateful for the training, adding that she will also establish her own small garden to grow vegetables because she now has the knowledge of crop production.
The training started in May last year with 40 students, out of which the 24 graduated.