SHADIKONGORO: The second harvesting of Namibian-grown barley was witnessed at the Shadikongoro Irrigation Project, situated some 180 kilometres east of Rundu in the Mukwe Constituency, yesterday.
The harvest, which was grown on six hectares of land with six varieties of barley grain, forms part of the second round of trials of a barley feasibility study currently being carried out by the Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies (O&L).
The feasibility study is aimed at exploring various malting options in determining the viability of a local malt barley industry.
O&L’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Patricia Hoeksema told Nampa yesterday that the barley project feasibility study is a result of 2010 deliberations between O&L and its empowerment partners, Epia, who were keen to see Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) explore the feasibility of growing brewing barley locally in an effort to create jobs for Namibians.
Hoeksema explained that part of NBL’s strategy as a member of the O&L group is to build innovative and sustainable businesses which generate long-term profitability.
The annual Witbooi Heroes’ Day will be commemorated at Gibeon in the Hardap Region this weekend.
Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi, who was chief of the Nama people, was originally from the Northern Cape in South Africa.
He arrived and settled at Gibeon with his clan from South Africa in 1888, and died near Vaalgras on 29 October 1905 after being wounded in a battle against German soldiers.
One of his grandsons, Petrus Thomas Witbooi, told Nampa yesterday that Witbooi Heroes’ Day is aimed at teaching people about the late Kaptein’s history, and remembering his leadership.
Relatives and community members will this weekend also honour his contribution to Namibia’s independence, as he was one of the first African leaders to take up arms against German colonial forces.