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Keetmanshoop horticulture project faces challenges

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The group of young people responsible for the youth self-employment horticulture project at Keetmanshoop said proper training is needed for them to ensure that the garden bear the desired fruits.The project at the town was officially launched by Minist…

The group of young people responsible for the youth self-employment horticulture project at Keetmanshoop said proper training is needed for them to ensure that the garden bear the desired fruits.

The project at the town was officially launched by Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero in November last year.

The project is aimed at ensuring food security in the country and increasing productivity, skills enhancement, and to generate income for youth in peri-urban and rural areas, by testing cost-effective and scalable market-based solutions to strengthen micro-entrepreneurship opportunities.

In an interview with Nampa recently one of the youths Beaulah Kooper said the lack of training and not having the required skills to maintain the garden hamper their production.

“We were not given any training, we really want to be trained on how to maintain the garden, how to harvest, we need to know how to treat plants that are rotten and all that, it will be an advantage for us because now we just google when we are no sure about something,” she said.

Lehto Amadhila who shared the same sentiments added that they need the necessary garden tools and protective gears.

Amadhila said they harvested tomatoes and Spanish twice and the money generated was used to buy some pest control chemicals for the garden.

The group said they believe that the garden has the potential to address the issues of unemployment and food security in the town, noting that it has recently started planting onions, carrots, and cabbage which are set to be harvested in due course.

The ministry of sport through its subsidiaries, the National Youth Service (NYS) and National Youth Council (NYC) availed N.dollars 1 million to set up greenhouses for horticultural production in all 14 regions.

NYS was responsible for setting up the greenhouse structure while NYC is responsible for the green scheme and overseeing the agricultural production.

Approach for comment on Thursday NYC ||Kharas regional coordinator, Raymond Kaffer acknowledge that he is aware of the plight of the youth responsible for the garden adding that all the concerns were forwarded to the head office.

Source: Nampa