Ohangwena launches five-year tree planting project

Ohangwena Regional Council, in conjunction with the Forestry Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, embarked on a Fruit Tree Planting Project, to plant fruit-bearing trees throughout the region.

This followed the official launch of the five-year programme at Onepandaulo village in the Ohangwena Region's Endola constituency on Thursday.

The project seeks to provide plantlets to each household in the region as part of the local economic development initiative, and a household will be provided with five different fruit plants such as Guava, Mango and Lemon, as well as a Moringa/Oleifera tree.

Seedlings will be transported to respective households in the constituencies and the Directorate of Forestry's Okahandja Research Station provides the seeds for the project.

Launching the project officially on Thursday, chairperson of the Ohangwena Regional Council, Erickson Ndawanifa said the planting of trees is a wakeup call for everyone in and around the region to contribute to the fight against hunger and alleviation of poverty.

Stop being just waiting for everything to come from the government, but come up with an initiative aimed at curbing poverty in your community, said Ndawanifa.

A total of 2 255 trees will be planted in the first phase of the project. Each beneficiary is expected to grow 25 plants and give them back to the project in return.

Speaking at the same launch, Chief Regional Officer of Ohangwena Region, FillipusShilongo, said the initiative stands to directly contribute to food security and environmental sustainability.

He went on to say the project also aimed at contributing to balanced diet, income generation and local development advancement and eventually add value to community produces.

Each household is expected to produce 10 000 fruit tree seedlings per year for five years, Shilongo narrated, adding that a once-off training on tree caring will be provided to all identified beneficiaries.

According to him, the Ohangwena Region has 43 723 households as per 2011 housing census, but the project is going to benefit only those living in the villages.

Endola, Omulonga and Epembe have been chosen to be the project piloting constituencies.

Source: Namibia Press Agency