WINDHOEK: Cookies made from mahangu flour are ready for the market, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry will facilitate the sale of five brands of cookies.
These five brands of cookies are mahangu crackers, mahangu cookies, mahangu biscuits, mahangu cookies with hazelnut, and mahangu oatmeal cookies.
They are on sale at some retailers in the country as from today.
The mahangu cookies’ nutritional information per 100 grammes include protein and carbohydrates 77,3 grammes); fat 19,9g); crude fibre 1,5g); calcium 5,8g), sodium 32 milligrammes), and zinc 1,3 milligrammes).
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa launched the product on Wednesday in the capital.
He said as part of his ministry’s efforts to promote processing and value-addition to indigenous produce, the ministry has, in collaboration with the Namibian Agronomic Board, conducted scientific research and development in the first year when the product idea was founded and conceptualised in 2010.
The ministry further availed an industrial biscuit-making machine to Gobabis-based GB Mahangu Enterprises for use in the development as well as production of the mahangu cookies.
“Nutritional value and dietary information were determined at our product development laboratory, and to assure the safety and quality to consumers, the cookies were tested at an accredited laboratory in South Africa, where they met all health and quality standards,” explained Mutorwa.
He noted that there should be no excuse, whatsoever, for not having the highly-nutritious, locally-developed and manufactured cookies on the shelves of local supermarkets.
The minister then commended GB Mahangu Enterprises, the Mahangu Product Development and Value-Addition team as well as the Namibian Agronomic Board for a job well done.
“We want to see more of these kinds of developments in future,” he said.