Namibia is nicely known for its arid landscapes and mineral wealth that has prolonged placed tourism and mining as best contributing industries to GDP. However, Eben Ngula, CEO of African Grain Millers, believes with the accurate enter elements, agriculture is viable as well as most likely profitable.
Ngula’s business enterprise, recognized in June 2020, processes millet (a cereal grain that belongs to the grass family) into flour. Prior to founding the corporation, Ngula worked for the Namibia Grape Corporation for four several years. As the creation supervisor, he learnt the business enterprise side of foodstuff manufacturing. He thinks there is a gap in the market for additional gamers to create fertiliser in the nation.
Though it has contributed significantly less than 5% to GDP in the very last four several years, agriculture continues to be a crucial business as most of the country’s populace immediately or indirectly is dependent on the sector for their livelihoods.
“Namibia is a incredibly smaller country and is really dependent on South Africa, in specific, for several issues. In the business that I worked in – desk grape manufacturing – fertiliser was mainly imported from our neighbour,” Ngula suggests.
“If any person can appear up with a venture to manufacture top quality fertiliser, it will be excellent. Nevertheless, any equipment would most likely will need to be imported.”
Some businesses have started delivering local solutions, most a short while ago using biochar (a charcoal-like substance produced by burning natural product from agricultural and forestry waste) from encroacher bushes to enrich the soil.