First Lady inaugurates Osire Youth Hydroponics Project

First Lady Monica Geingos inaugurated the Osire Youth Hydroponics Project during her Be Free National Anti-Violence Campaign on Friday at Osire.

The project is an initiative by the Office of the First Lady and is supported by the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP).

Speaking to NAMPA at the event, Hydroponics Assistant UNWFP, John Francis Serwanga noted that the hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil but instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.

Serwanga also mentioned that the growth of the plants are fast and almost any vegetable can be grown through hydroponics.

'You are saving up to 80 per cent of the water usage and you are using fewer fertilisers so it has a lot of advantages,' said Serwanga.

He added that with the climate challenges faced globally especially with the drought this can be one of the solutions to put food on the table.

Serwanga exampled that the system is easy to set up with minimal costs and using local materials such as timber and plastic with is sustainable.

'Currently there are 24 youths from Osire involved in the project, some of the produce are sold while others are for the consumption of the community,' noted Serwanga.

On her part, Geingos noted 'It is a great program the whole idea behind it was to make sure there were opportunities for the youth and it is sustainable and it really looks like it is.

According to Serwanga there are four similar project that are currently doing well, three in Windhoek and one in Gobasis.

Source: Namibia Press Agency