SWAKOPMUND, 17 APR. – Six unemployed members of the Omaruru community saw the fruition of their poultry project after it was officially launched on Friday.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Erongo Regional Council chairperson, Hafeni Ndemula who officially inaugurated the project, said the aim is to create employment and food sufficiency for the residents of Omaruru and Namibia.
He said the Oruue Ngatutunge Pamue Poultry Project was funded by the regional council through the capital project budget at an amount of N.dollars 1. 5 million.
The project allows residents to work for themselves and supply local businesses with eggs and live chickens for slaughtering and breeding. The project currently has 590 chickens.
This, he said, will take the pressure off Government finances to provide employment and feed the nation.
“We should not be dependent on Government at all. We liberated our country so that we can be employers and bosses on our own. Commitment to work is very important to achieve what we want,” said Ndemula.
In a statement provided to Nampa on Tuesday, Deputy Director of Planning and Development at the Erongo Regional Council, Nelson Meroro, added at the same event that the project will expand to the neighbouring towns at a later stage.
“They will also hatch chicks to sustain the project in the long run,” said Meroro, encouraging team work from the beneficiaries and support from community to assure its sustainability.
The chairperson of the project, Maria Herunga said in 2008, 63 members approached the regional council with the idea to start the project but due to challenges, they were only able to start last year.
The challenges included delay in the supply of building materials as well as hesitation from some members who wanted to be remunerated so that they can buy food while they work at the project.
Herunga said due to such challenges, the rest of the members abandoned the projects and only six remained to see to its implementation.