New grape varieties from Naute scheme

All five of the new varieties have been tested and will be planted on 25 hectares.

18 February 2020 | Business

These varieties will be available on the market between October and March next year. Izak van Zyl, Grape manager: Naute Irrigation Scheme

NAUTE DAM - The Naute Irrigation scheme in the ||Kharas region plans to introduce new varieties of grapes in order to increase production and extend the employment period for seasonal workers, grape section manager, Izak van Zyl, says.

Van Zyl said this on Friday during a familiarisation visit of the minister of industrialisation, trade and SME development, Tjekero Tweya, to the project, following the appointment of the Namibia Industrial Development Agency (NIDA) in 2018 to manage it.

According to Van Zyl, planting the new varieties will allow the harvesting season to be longer than before. This will mean seasonal workers will be employed for up to six months a year.

“Currently seasonal workers are employed from the second week of November to the first week of January the following year, but with the new varieties they will be able to work as from October to March the next year,” he added.

The new proposed varieties of grapes are evans delight, sweet globe, sweet celebration, jack salute as well ivory. All of these varieties have already been tested and will be planted on 25 hectares, he said.

Jobs

The project currently produces crimson, flame, melody and prime grapes planted on 54 hectares which are mostly exported to Europe and also supplied to retail shops in Namibia.

“Once it will yield fruits, these varieties will be available on the market between October and March next year,” said Van Zyl.

There are currently 64 permanent workers and 359 seasonally workers at the irrigation scheme, situated at Naute Dam, some 50 kilometres outside Keetmanshoop.

Van Zyl said in the last season they were able to pack 130 000 boxes of grapes, which could increase to close to 250 000 boxes per season if the right varieties are planted.

Tweya commended the NIDA for the decision to introduce new varieties, saying the agency continues to carry out its mandate which is to create jobs for young Namibians.

The project was established by the Namibia Development Corporation in 1990. - Nampa

Similar News

 

Skorpion, MUN at loggerheads

20 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) yesterday called for the urgent intervention of president Hage Geingob after Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery...

Booze sellers in trouble for defying lockdown

20 hours ago | Business

ILENI NANDJATOPolice in the north have arrested five people who refused to close their informal busi­nesses. One of them is a teacher who owns a...

Company news in brief

20 hours ago | Business

Anglo cancels diamond sales eventAnglo American said yesterday its diamond unit De Beers Group will not hold its third sales event because of lockdowns in...

NAC closes most airports

20 hours ago | Business

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKWhile several regional airports in Namibia have been closed, Hosea Kutako International Airport will remain open as a diversion airport for overflight operations....

Skorpion in care and maintenance

1 day - 30 March 2020 | Business

Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery will be placed in care and maintenance during April, the company said in a statement this morning.The move will affect...

Mining faces Covid crunch

1 day - 30 March 2020 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – Mining and quarrying last year grew by -11.1% and hopes that it would be one of the main drivers of economy recovery...

Selling, buying a business as going concern

1 day - 30 March 2020 | Business

Many entrepreneurs at one stage consider buying or selling a business, especially in these challenging economic times. One should consider the VAT implications when deciding...

Company news in brief

1 day - 30 March 2020 | Business

Anglo American expects iron, coal hitAnglo American expects output at its Kumba Iron Ore mine in South Africa to fall by up to 3 million...

Govt bails out ‘unproductive’ Kalimbeza

4 days ago - 27 March 2020 | Business

Edward Mumbuu – The Kalimbeza Rice Project in the Zambezi Region - which was on the verge of collapse - has been thrown a N$7.1-million...

Keetmans makes U-turn on street vendors

4 days ago - 27 March 2020 | Business

The Keetmanshoop municipality has agreed to allow street vendors to continue operating amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as it is unable to make up for the...

Latest News

Andreas reveals coronavirus fears

10 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEKAs the worldwide coronavirus outbreak and its consequences continue to take the world by storm, celebrities have spoken about their own experiences, be...

Budget delayed 'until further notice'

11 hours ago | Economics

New finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi has announced that the tabling of the 2020/21 budget will be “delayed until further notice”.Shiimi issued a statement saying the...

Skorpion, MUN at loggerheads

20 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) yesterday called for the urgent intervention of president Hage Geingob after Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery...

Coronavirus: Aochamub could be discharged...

20 hours ago | Disasters

TOIVO NDJEBELAWINDHOEKNamibian ambassador to France Albertus Aochamub says he has made a good recovery from coronavirus and may be discharged from hospital this week, having...

Budget faces downward revision

20 hours ago | Economics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKHeavy knock expected on· VAT· Company tax· PAYE· ...

‘Conflicted’ Muinjangue removed from genocide...

20 hours ago | Cultural

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) has recalled Ester Muinjangue as the chairperson of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation (OGF), following her appointment as deputy health...

Booze sellers in trouble for...

20 hours ago | Business

ILENI NANDJATOPolice in the north have arrested five people who refused to close their informal busi­nesses. One of them is a teacher who owns a...

Church bell stolen

20 hours ago | Disasters

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThieves paid little attention to the teachings of the Bible when they stole a church bell valued at N$100 000 this past weekend....

Needed: Stimulus packages

20 hours ago | Opinion

Many countries hit by the coronavirus scourge have hammered out ways in which to keep their economies afloat, especially after the stay-home directive is over...

Load More