Windhoek, Nov 3 – Despite good available land for productive crop farming, it is only reserved for the wealthy or well
political connected. But for those who has the passion, knowhow or knowledge to be a productive cop producer, it is hard to fulfill their dreams and ambitions.
Ruben Dausab, a substance farmer saw a bigger picture when he started to plant a variety of
vegetables to sustain his family while doing what he loves to do, getting his hands dirty.
Acquiring a small piece of land, barely the size of half a soccer field, Dausab stared to clean and
fence of the land with branches, dilapidated fences and other material to prevent game grazing
from his lush vegetables garden.
Dausab and his family welcomed this reporter to his humble homestead to show us around and
share his story.
Working on a German’s Farm since 1982, Dausab learnt everything and anything from his former
employer to understand what farming and food production is all about. Less than teen years ago
Dausab embarked on his own dream and as the saying goes “ the rest is history “
Dausab moves to the corridor between the main road linking Okahandja and Karibib and the
railway line to start his own subsistence farming program where he plants maize, inions, spinach,
beetroots and pumpkins to mention a few.
Standing in his lush vegetable garden, Dausab’s love for land and food production cannot go
unnoticed as his knowledge of land management and cultivating is vital for his survival in this semi
arid area where he gets his water from a borehole next to his land.
Unlike young inexperienced land owners, Dausab knows the limited planting and carrying
capacity of any land, and unlike most farmers either overgrazing or over planting their land’s
capacity,. This farmer looks at the weather patterns, availability of scarce water resources and the
ever changing climate patterns.
His advice is simple.
“Land is a living thing, you cannot produce more than the land can carry. You must either
increase or decrease your operations as it all depends on the rain, if there is lots of rain then you
can produce, but unlike now in this drought you have to scale down for you ( and the land) to
survive “ Dausab said.
Ruben waste no piece of land that can be utilized, and if it is against a slope making any planting
a bit challenging, he put his productive and creative mind together and create spaces to plant
more vegetables. Ruben even created some art in his garden with a portrait of President Hage
Geingobs’s face that he also use to plant smaller vegetables in.
On the sensitive topic of under utilized resettlement farms, Dausab is just as concerned as most
beneficiaries get land without any knowledge of farming.
“To look through a person to see if this person is the right candidate for the land is not easy, many
people come with many promises and ideas about knowledge of farming, but when it comes to
land and if it it does not come from inside you, you can forget” Dausab told this reporter.
Refer to the corn on his land, Dausab said it takes up to four months before you can harvest, but
before that you have to prepare the soil before you plant anything in it.
Even when I pit comes to other crops like onions, it even takes longer Dausab said, and many so
called farmers do not always have the patience.
On watering any vegetable project, Dausab recommend to us drip irrigation as it not only safe
water, but you can control the water usage as well potential erosion of soil.
When asked about the temptation of kudus oryx and other game grazing from his greenery in the
dominant dry areas, Dausab said the animals avoid the area as he main road on the one side, and
he rail tracks on the other side deter them.
Though Okahandja is the nearest town and almost 40 kilometers away as a potential market,
Dausab also deliver to the communities of Otjimbingwe and Karibib.
This few acres of land is the only means of income for the Dausab family and have to sustain his
family from this well planned and maintained land.
Getting to his vegetable kingdom is easy and it would be a great idea for an outing while shopping
for free range vegetables, while at the same time meet Ruben and his family.
He said anyone is welcome call him to enquire about what is available from his garden at 081 229