Second phase of the reconstruction Uvhungu-Vhungu dairy farm to be completed within a month

UVHUNGU-VHUNGU: The second phase of the reconstruction of the multi-million dollar Uvhungu-Vhungu dairy farm is well on track, and is set for completion within a month’s time.

The rebuilding of the dairy farm on the outskirts of Rundu commenced last year after the farm was closed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in November 2009, resulting in the suspension of the supply of fresh and cultured milk, butter and cream to hospitals and some schools in the two Kavango regions.

The closure resulted in the cows used on the farm being relocated to the Mashare Agricultural Development Institute (MADI), situated 50 kilometres east of Rundu.

The 150 cows were also relocated because they were dying as a result of the farm not being managed properly, and in order to make way for the upgrading of the farm, because the processing equipment on the farm, such as the milking parlour and the animal kraal, were deteriorating.

Gary Ives, the project manager of Gecko Mining Company which was awarded the tender for the first and second phases on the farm, told Nampa yesterday the first phase of the project which involved earthworks such as debushing and the creation of a 600 metre road, were completed in May this year.

The second phase of the project involving erecting a steel structures to be used as a feeding station, silage for bull calves and heifers, a parking area and new pump station will be completed sometime next month, while the third phase of the project will be out to tender soon.