First Lady inaugurates Osire Youth Hydroponics Project
13 Jul 2019 18:30pm
OSIRE, 13 JUL (NAMPA) - First Lady Monica Geingos on Friday inaugurated the Osire Youth Hydroponics Project during her #BreakFree 2#BeFree anti-violence campaign tour.
An initiative of the Office of the First Lady, the project will be run at an already established garden at the settlement and is supported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
In her remarks, Geingos said the main idea behind the project is to create sustainable opportunities for the youth.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil amd instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.
Speaking to Nampa at the event, Hydroponics Assistant at WFP, John Francis Serwanga said with the climate challenges faced globally, especially with the current drought, the method could be used to put food on the table.
He explained that through hydroponics, water usage is saved by up to 80 per cent with few fertilisers used. The plants also grow fast.
The system is easy to set up with minimal costs and using local materials such as timber and plastic which s sustainable, he noted.
Serwanga said there are currently more than 20 youths from Osire involved in the project, who sell some of the produce to benefit the youth while others are for consumption by the community.
There are four similar projects in the country, with three in Windhoek and one in Gobabis.