University of Namibia to hold a rice harvesting and milling demonstration event

ONGWEDIVA: The Ogongo Agricultural Campus of the University of Namibia will hold a rice harvesting and milling demonstration event at its Ogongo-based paddy field in the Omusati Region today.

The Deputy Dean of the Ogongo Campus, Joseph Njunge revealed this in a media statement issued yesterday, saying more than 120 Grade 10 agricultural learners from various schools in the Omusati Region would participate in the harvesting and threshing of rice.

The objective of the demonstration is to familiarise the future farming generations with modern crop production and processing methods, and learners will also be shown how rice is milled into the final product.

The campus started the five-year rice research project in 2012.

The project has an experiment rice farm at Ogongo, which produces seedlings for local farmers at nine identified demonstration farms in northern Namibia.

The goal of the project is to improve food security in the country by introducing a rice cropping system which is harmonised with the water environment of the local oshanas/water pans.

The project is funded by the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and comprises of research, community engagement and capacity-building programmes.