Devils claw business booming in Tsumkwe

09 Aug 2019 15:40pm
MANGETTI DUNE, 09 AUG (NAMPA) – The harvesting and sale of devils claw roots in the Tsumkwe Constituency, an area mostly populated by the San, has become a reliable source of income.
The N#a Jaqna Conservancy and Community Forest Manager, Frans Gomeb in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said the harvesting and sale of these roots has become a source of livelihood for nearly all community members in the area.
The local San community members co-own the N#a Jaqna conservancy which has abundant devils claw roots, said Gomeb.
He said that other residents also make a living by generating income from the conservancy through various tourism-related activities, largely trophy hunting.
“But majority of us harvests the devils claw and sell it through the conservancy office to a pharmaceutical buyer it contracted nearly two-years ago,” Gomeb added.
Gomeb said community members at Mangetti earn about N.dollars 1 220 for a 28 kilogram (kg) bag of sliced and dried devils claw.
Some community members who spoke to Nampa on Thursday said the devils claw business is a blessing.
“Since the conservancy office contracted this Okahandja pharmaceutical company about two-years ago, we are making good profits,” said 52-year-old Vicky Haikera, who has been harvesting and selling the roots for 10 years now.
The 42-year-old Maria Frans, also a devils claw entrepreneur at Mangetti Dune, thanked the conservancy office for handling all administrative and business transactions between them harvesters and the buyers.
“We are making good money. The conservancy office does a good job and should continue to offer training to us on how to best harvest the devils claw, slice and dry it to a certified international level,” said Frans.