Uutoni urges vendors along B1 to grow their business

27 Jun 2019 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) – The Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni has urged vendors who sell animal feed along the B1 national road to work together in order to grow their businesses.
The vendors sell grass and camelthorn pods to farmers who make us of the road.
Uutoni made the remarks on Wednesday while visiting the vendors in the company of City of Windhoek Deputy Mayor Loide Kaiyamo and other senior officials from the municipality.
The visit was aimed at finding out how government can assist the vendors to improve their business and to find out what problems they encounter.
Uutoni described what the group is doing as important, saying they are adding value to Namibia’s economy, thereby lessening the burden on the government.
“This animal feed that you are selling here goes a long way because you are helping farmers who are affected by the drought to feed their animals and this is very important,” he said.
He suggested that they pool their money and buy a processing machine so they can process their products instead of selling it in raw form only.
“You can get customers who want both and others want something else, that way you can grow the business and benefit in the long run,” said Uutoni.
On their part, the vendors informed the minister that farmers always ask them for their trading permits as they are sometimes stopped by the police, who expect them to produce proof of purchase.
They also asked that the government provide them with storage and ablution facilities and proper shelter.