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Siya horticulture project receives equipment and training

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Watyako Foundation and its partners have donated equipment and materials worth N.dollars 125 000 to the Siya Community Horticulture Project in the Kapako Constituency of the Kavango West Region on Tuesday.Watyako is a non-profit organization, founded b…

Watyako Foundation and its partners have donated equipment and materials worth N.dollars 125 000 to the Siya Community Horticulture Project in the Kapako Constituency of the Kavango West Region on Tuesday.

Watyako is a non-profit organization, founded by seven women across the country and aimed to improve the livelihood and restore the hope of the less privileged communities at the grassroots level.

The donation includes 10 mesh diamond wires, 10 fencing posts of 50 millimetres, 10 fencing posts of 76 millimetres, a 10 000 litre water tank, 50 bags of cement, three hose garden dragline, five wheelbarrows, three sprinkle pyramids, spades, handle hoes and two farm gates.

Founder and board chairperson of the Foundation, Salmi Mvula, during the official handing over of the items on Tuesday said the donation is significant to the foundation in realising its objectives in addressing unemployment, alleviating poverty and hunger particularly among women and youth of the Siya community.

“Our strategic intent is to supplement government's development drive through the Harambee Prosperity Plan, National Development Plan 5 and Vision 2030 amongst other pillars, which the foundation is aligned to,” she said.

Mvula said through the foundation’s pillar of skills and capacity development they initiated the Farming First Project which seeks to support community horticulture projects in the remote areas with equipment and capacitate the project team members on food production-related skills in collaboration with partners or experts in the agricultural sector.

She said the foundation’s decision to prioritise the Kavango West region is evidenced by Namibia Statistics Agency data as the region falls within a pool of regions categorised with high poverty rates.

Mvula said the horticulture centre needs to be refurbished as well as gardening equipment and does not have enough access to water.

Councillor of the Kapako Constituency Johannes Karondo on his part called on the youth at the centre to take such initiatives seriously adding that the horticulture project members need motivation and training in order for the centre to start generating income and jobs.

The donation was handed over in collaboration with the Rundu Vocational Training Centre, AgriBank, Tondoro Investment and Super Impex Trading.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency