The asparagus-processing factory that is currently under construction at Oshifo in Namibia’s Omusati Region, is expected to be completed this April. Carlos Lertxundi Aretxaga, the General Manager for Asparagus Agro-Processing Project - representing Otjimbele Agriculture PTY ltd - confirmed this on Saturday.
Construction started in July last year and had to survive challenges before a smooth continuation thereafter. Aretxaga said the factory to process the asparagus produced from the Etunda Irrigation Project by the same investors is expected to provide employment to more than 60 Namibians from villages around Etunda.
He said 60 workers will be needed for the first phase with an additional 400 to 450 people to be employed in the second phase of the processing plant. The first processing work is expected from June/July this year.
Planting of the asparagus started in July 2017, at Etunda in Omusati Region, after which the trial harvest took place in December last year. According to neweralive.na, there are currently 22 workers employed in the planting and harvesting at Etunda garden, all of them Namibians from villages near the project.