In their quest to diversify economy of Omaheke Region residents have taken to crop farming

OTJIMANANGOMBE: In their quest to diversify the economy of the Omaheke Region and eventually wean it off the large dependency on the animal husbandry sector, residents here have taken to crop farming.

The residents’ efforts have culminated in the planned establishment of a community garden project, which will upon completion provide much-needed fresh produce to supplement community feeding in the entire Omaheke Region.

The community garden, which will comprise 1 000 hectares when finally completed in 2017, will also produce animal feed to be sold to local communities at lower rates than the current commercial prices.

The low-priced animal feed will be especially handy during the dry months of the year when prices for animal feed products usually peak.

The community garden will largely produce vegetables, although a sizeable number of fruit will also be produced at the garden.

Going by the name Omaheke Agricultural Community Project, the garden will be established some seven kilometres outside Otumbonde – a tiny village located 220 kilometres (km) north-east of Gobabis.

A community meeting on Thursday called by those steering the garden’s planning and coordination for the input of the community on the project, received favourable response.