Mutorwa said this during the handing over of 10 new houses and three renovated ones to staff members of the Mannheim Agricultural Research Station on Friday.
The research station is a Government institution, situated 10 kilometres north-east of Tsumeb in the Guinas Constituency in the Oshikoto Region.
Mutorwa said all Namibian youth must take advantage of the bursary scheme under the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
This bursary scheme has been in existence for over 10 years.
“Capitalise on this chance, apply and get yourself a bursary from our ministry, and become an animal doctor or become a soil scientist,” urged Mutorwa.
The minister said he would like to see hundreds of youth becoming chief experts in crops, animals, vegetables and soil sciences.
Under-Secretary in the Agriculture Ministry, Raymond Tshikesho told Nampa in an interview on Friday at the Mannheim Agricultural Research Station that his ministry puts aside N.dollars 2 million each year for its bursary scheme.
“We have a high shortage of skilled agriculturists in this country. Besides the Ministry of Education’s student grant scheme, we also introduced ours to encourage our Namibian youth to study agriculture-related fields,” said Tshikesho.
The bursary scheme in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry does not only apply to the staff members of the ministry, but for every Namibian who qualify for it.
The bursaries are normally advertised in local newspapers each year, and requirements are: good Grade 12 results, and admittance to any tertiary institution in the field of veterinary, agriculture and hydrology as well as soil science, among others.
“In addition to that, you must be willing to come back and work for our ministry for the same period of time we funded your studies,” explained Tshikesho.