A TOTAL of 2411 farmers benefitted from the horticulture support course about seed, fertilisers, irrigation, and ploughing services since the start of the 2020/21financial year.
According to James Nzehengwa, Chief Agricultural Scientific Officer (CASO), 50% of the farmers benefited from irrigation materials.
Nzehengwa revealed during a visit by the Agriculture Staff members to farmers to access if the farmers meet the requirements to benefit.
Nzehengwa stated that a total of N$5 million was collected in support of the program.
“Upon approval, farmers submit quotations to the Agricultural Development Offices for the inputs required,” he said.
He noted that the aim of the program is to ensure sustainable access, availability, use of essential farm inputs, and capacity building of the small-scale horticulture producers along the entire value chain including process and marketing.
He explained that the training targets small scale horticulture producers in Namibia. The programme is demand-driven and is based on a first come first serve basis.
Thus far, there are a total of 3 289 horticulture projects throughout the 14 region regions of which the Zambezi Region has the highest number at 501, followed by the Omaheke Region with 400, while the Khomas Region has only 98 projects.