TSUMEB: The Agriculture Ministry yesterday handed over 10 new houses and three renovated ones to staff members of the Mannheim Agricultural Research Station, situated 10 kilometres north-east of Tsumeb.
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa said during the handing-over event that the Mannheim farm was founded before the First World War by German settlers, and was turned into an agricultural military base by the colonial South African Defence Force in 1918 to produce fruit and vegetables for their armed forces.
Shortly after Namibia’s independence in 1990, the farm was converted into a crop and vegetable research station under the Ministry of Agriculture.
In September 2011, Mutorwa visited the station and learnt that the technicians, researchers and handymen were accommodated in the old military barracks.
Mutorwa said the research station is crucial on the agenda of the Namibian Government to produce enough food for its nation, and Mannheim’s competent researchers have conducted several studies so far; such as tests on soils, seeds, fruit trees, vegetables and crops.