Last Friday, the Mashare irrigation project, run by the local company Konigstein Capital, started harvesting blueberries at the N$90 million plantation in the Kavango East region.
According to Albert Basson, one of the project directors, the harvest is expected to last for the next three months and the yield is expected to be about 160 to 180 tonnes, while over 100 pickers would be hired. “The main focus is to export the produce but there will be an amount for the local market. The blueberries will also be marketed locally under the brand ‘Namib Blue’,” he said.
Basson reiterated that the project management were confident that they will achieve the goals that they have set for themselves to achieve. “We adhere to and implement very strict health and safety measures.”
About two weeks ago, Basson stated that the prolonged global lockdowns as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic have had a massive impact on their blueberries project. Procurement of equipment from overseas for specialist infrastructure at the project hit a snag, as many countries have secured their borders to curb the spread of coronavirus.