The Naute Irrigation scheme in the ||Kharas Region plans to introduce new varieties of grapes in order to increase productions

The Naute Irrigation scheme in the ||Kharas Region plans to introduce new varieties of grapes in order to increase productions and extend the employment period for seasonal workers, grape section manager, Izak van Zyl has said.

Van Zyl revealed this on Friday during a familiarization visit of the Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Tjekero Tweya to the project, following the appointment of the Namibia Industrial Development Agency (NIDA) in 2018, to manage it.

According to Van Zyl, planting the new varieties will allow the harvesting season to be longer than before thus resulting in seasonal workers to also be employed for a longer period of up to six months a year.

Currently, seasonal workers are employed from the second week of November to the first week of January the following year but with the new varieties they will be able to work as from October to March the next year, he added.

The new proposed varieties of grapes are evans delight, sweet globe, sweet celebration, jack salute as well ivory, which all have already been tested and will be planted on 25 hectares, he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency