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AMTA takes pride in Roots for first locally produced apples

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Agro- Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) said it takes pride in Stampriet’s Roots Agricultural village for its initiative towards their first locally produced apples.Last month the Roots Agricultural village showcased their first harvest from the apple …

Agro- Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) said it takes pride in Stampriet’s Roots Agricultural village for its initiative towards their first locally produced apples.

Last month the Roots Agricultural village showcased their first harvest from the apple project that was co-financed by Agri bank.

The Roots' apple project is the first-ever commercial apple orchard in Namibia and produces apples in different sizes.

AMTA's corporate communications officer Pasval Elijah in a statement issued on Sunday said Namibia cannot depend on other countries for food production.

'Amidst the adversities of COVID-19 this project grabbed the challenges by creating opportunities for changing livelihoods and redirecting mindsets to help Namibia achieve its sets of goals,' she said.

She said AMTA's mandate is to ensure market access to local agricultural produce especially from the small and medium-scale agricultural producers and agro producers.

Elijah told Nampa that the hubs received their first batch of apples from Roots in January and has however not entered into a supply agreement with Roots as the product is still in its early stage.

AMTA called on local farmers to emulate Roots and start producing a variety of food products to ensure food security and in turn provide locals with the much-needed employment which increases the country's gross domestic product.

Willien Meiring from Roots Agriculture told Nampa their vision is to ensure food security in Namibia.

'As a country, we cannot afford to be depending on other countries to supply us with food. We also want to ensure skills development in farming,' she said.

Meiring said Roots recently opened a school and is set to establish an agricultural college that will train and equip farmers to become sustainable entrepreneurs in order to curb the high unemployment rate in the country.

The apples she noted have been distributed to local retail shops.

Source: Nampa