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Sehithwa charcoal hitting market soon

Soon, charcoal and braai wood manufactured and produced by Lake Ngami Conservation Trust at Sehithwa will be available in the market.

While waiting for the construction of a small charcoal production factory, the 20 beneficiaries who underwent training in Namibia did not sit on their skills, but continued with production.

The project followed the trust’s intention to start wood processing project to broaden its resource base while the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) promised to construct a small charcoal factory to assist the trust to serve a lucrative market it secured in Namibia.

The trust manager, Mr Galefele Maokeng informed stakeholders during a tour to appreciate acquired equipment that soon, their product would be available in the market.

He said production had started, adding that since charcoal was locally manufactured, the price would be reasonable to ensure affordability.

Mr Maokeng explained that their product was of good quality and already factors such as barcodes, packaging and branding were taken care of.

The coal, he said had high heat retention and appealed to the community to support the locally-made new product.

He was grateful to the UNDP for the role they played in establishing the project and further informed the gathering that the organisation would be funding the bush encroachment project to rehabilitate the area, an effort that would consequently benefit the community.

Mr Maokeng stated that the aim of the project was to salvage dead wood from the lake and also control bush encroachment.

He expressed optimism that the project would flourish and take the trust and the communities to greater heights.

“The potential of the project is incredible and as we improve production and market, we believe the numbers of workers would increase because people would leave Ipelegeng to join in,” he added.

He observed that Ngamiland was a tourist destination, therefore there would be a significance demand for charcoal and braai wood.  

Stakeholders were also taken to Lake Ngami to appreciate the area since the trust had ventured into tourism activities.

Lake Ngami is part of the Okavango Delta and boasts a lot of fish and is a major birding area through which different species of birds migrate during the year.

The lake has been listed as a birding area because of the migrating birds that pass through while some camps in the delta use the lake as a tourist site because of the abundant bird species such as the Lesser Kestrel and the black-winged Pratincole. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Esther Mmolai

Location : SEHITHWA

Event : Tour

Date : Dec 06 Wed,2017

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