ABOUT seventy farmers and leather workers are currently undergoing training to embrace value addition on their produce.
The workshop, which is being held at Outapi in the Omusati Region in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and ministry of agriculture, started on Monday and will conclude today, Friday.
According to junior technical advisor for GIZ farming for Resilience project, Kaino Temapo Shilume, the aim is to promote the consumption and preservation of locally available produce and vegetable production.
Shilume stated that 60 farmers are receiving training on fruitree production, while 10 people are being trained in leather.
She explained that training aims to teach farmers how to eliminate food waste in seasons of excess fruit by either turning it into tea, sauce or jam.
“This is done as a way of attracting additional income streams for famers,” said Shilume.
Speaking to Informanté, 60-year-old Rauna Nangonja, who was representing the Okalongo cooperative Okatunda kaHaudano, couldn’t contained her excitement as she happily indicated that she plans to pass on the knowledge of how to make jams with tomatoes and tea with wild mushrooms to people in her community.
Nangonja indicated that she has been a communal farmers all her life, but never knew what potential a communal farm has until she joined the training.