AquaNam holds second graduation

AquaNam’s second cohort has graduated under the project’s agribusiness training programme.

The ceremony on Tuesday saw 20 graduates complete training in aquaponics.

According to AquaNam project manager Elena Teixeira, aquaponics is a food production system that combines aquaculture with hydroponics.

“In this system, nutrient-rich water from aquaculture is fed to hydroponically grown plants. The result is a sustainable method of producing both fish and fresh produce, contributing to food security and healthy diets,” said Teixeira.

The project was established by Impact Tank in 2022 to address the pressing need for sustainable agriculture in Namibia, she said.

“This project aims to create a horizontally and vertically integrated aquaponics ecosystem that fosters skills development, employment and food security within Namibia’s smaller towns,” said Teixeira.

Teixeira further said in the next phase of the programme they aim to launch 30 agri start-up entrepreneurs who are self-employed, under the Social Security Commission (SSC).

SSC chief executive Milka Mungunda said the project aimed to bring development and economic empowerment to the Mariental area and the Hardap region.

“At the heart of this project is the equipping of farmers with aquaponics, hydroponics and entrepreneurial skills to establish their own farms,” said Mungunda.

“It is so much more than just providing funding, it is about empowering disadvantaged and vulnerable communities to become independent producers of fish and vegetables,” said Mungunda.

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