Agribank partners with PPA

30 March 2021 | Economics

STAFF REPORTER

Agribank provided financial support to the Poultry Producers Association of Namibia (PPA) to host a one-day annual meeting and information day for its members recently. The event aimed at bringing key industry role players together to review the performance of the sector, and the challenges faced in the previous year. The event also sets an agenda for the year.

According to PPA’s Information Day organiser Petrina Sakaria, the intention of the event was to connect all industry producers with a focus on how to collectively create a strong competitive industry and to present opportunities for all industry players both small- and large-scale producers, including input suppliers.

Sakaria added that during the meeting, various speakers from different institutions gave informative presentations on production of broilers both on a small and larger scale, vaccinations and biosecurity as well as on the benefits of joining PPA.

Further in-depth discussions on the industry matters including the recently advertised countrywide trainings also took place during the meeting. Meanwhile, Agribank marketing team also provided information to the attendees about the bank’s poultry loan facility and the recently launched women and youth loan scheme.

“I would like to thank all our sponsors for investing in our event, your sponsorship helped us pull the event off with great glory. The funds helped us get a great deal of work done with ease and less stress as the lack of funds can be a major glitch. “Once again, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude and thank you for being onboard to realize the objective of making the poultry industry sustainable and competitive,” Sakaria said.

Outlook

Asked what future holds of events of this magnitude, she said the future looks bright, and as an association, they hope to reach a stage where they have more producers participating in the commercial set up and be able to host more of these informative events, and to bring in experts from other countries to exchange skills and knowledge.

Meanwhile, Agribank also sponsored towards the host of the third edition of sustainable development awards as organized by Sustainable Development Advisory Council (SDAC), in cooperation with the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF). These awards intend to recognise the importance of integrating sustainability into the core of businesses and industries as well as on daily lives of all Namibians and are set to take place on the 21st May 2021.

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