WINDHOEK: The National Youth Service (NYS) centre at Berg Aukas is planning to increase the size of its maize crop in order to keep up with demand.
This year, the centre grew maize on 30 hectares of the land it occupies there, but this will now be increased to 150 hectares to satisfy the market demand.
The NYS is one of the many exhibitors showcasing their products at the Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural show, which is currently underway in the capital.
In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, the Head of the centre’s agronomy department, Victor Eyo said maize products, especially animal feed, are in demand.
“We brought along a lot of 50 kilogramme (kg) bags of white and yellow maize, but they were bought almost immediately. We have had to order some more bags which are expected to arrive today,” he said.
The centre also grows produce such as onions, cabbages, tomatoes, carrots, and greenpeppers, amongst other things.
“We also brought some of those products along, but they have sold out already,” Eyo said.
A training programme to empower rural youths was started last year at Berg Aukas in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The programme supplements the activities of the NYS, and is specifically targeted towards young people from rural areas.
Experts from Nigeria have been in the country since last year, and are training the rural youths in the areas of fashion design, carpentry, agriculture, physical and health education, technology and micro-finance over a two-year period.
The youth at the centre also grow beans, sunflowers, maize and watermelons, and in this way constructively contribute to the national economy.
The NYS is a youth development service institution, established by the National Youth Service Act of 2005, (Act No. 6 of 2005).
It is involved in youth recruitment from all regions and constituencies in Namibia; youth development through actively involving youth in national development efforts and activities; encouraging youth volunteerism; facilitating youth contribution to socio-economic development and poverty alleviation; creating opportunities for skills development and career path for the youth, and contribution to national food security through food production.