Lyambezi Meals raises the stakes in natural farming
The identify Agnes Limbo rings strongly in political circles.
As a member of the Rally for Democracy and Progress, Limbo had been an energetic politician earlier than retiring from the general public area a number of years in the past.
Unknown to many, nevertheless, is her prowess for horticulture and agronomy, tremendously aided by her inexperienced fingers and love for agriculture.
As a baby of a peasant farmer within the Zambezi area, Limbo grew up doing all types of farming.
From working the land to planting, cultivating and reaping the rewards ultimately, she did all of it.
Rising up, she was extra at dwelling within the rural areas versus the hustling and bustling of the town, Limbo stated.
Whereas nonetheless an energetic politician, Limbo began gathering seeds from her missions overseas and would plant these in small plant pots from her residence in Windhoek.
As soon as such seeds sprouted, she took them to her dwelling in Katima Mulilo, the place she transplanted them into the bottom.
This gave start to Lyambezi Meals, which was shaped and registered in 2018 as a car to market and promote the produce from Limbo’s fields.
The enterprise combines a novel idea, the place the farming of varied crops, poultry and livestock is practised.
In 2020, through the nation’s first nationwide lockdown, Lyambezi Meals cemented itself as a formidable provider of natural crops for its quick environment, and it has since unfold its wings so far as Opuwo within the Kunene area.
A tragic encounter with Covid-19 that 12 months prompted Limbo to strive totally different herbs and medicinal concoctions to rid her physique of the illness.
After bravely preventing the virus off, Limbo was astonished by how a lot of her crops helped her beat Covid-19.
This ushered in a brand new chapter for her enterprise.
“All of the herbs I used, particularly the turmeric, had been sourced from my subject. This made me realise that there’s certainly a marketplace for natural produce. My new focus was now on that route so far as Lyambezi Meals is anxious,” she stated.
Her farm’s essential crops encompass three forms of candy potatoes, strawberries, gooseberries, papaya and quite a lot of herbs, reminiscent of turmeric.
She additionally crops widespread greens reminiscent of spinach.
Lyambezi meals, consistent with the decision so as to add worth to native merchandise, has been toying with the thought of manufacturing jam and different by-products from a few of her merchandise, reminiscent of strawberries.
“We wish our native folks to additionally benefit from the fruit of our labour by helping within the manufacturing chain course of in order that we create jobs right here too. All our produce have the potential to be additional damaged down into different smaller merchandise,” she stated.
Regardless of the varied lakes that make up the Zambezi area, the principle problem to Limbo’s enterprise has been a scarcity of reasonably priced water for her enterprise.
She at the moment makes use of water provided by the federal government via the agriculture ministry’s directorate of rural water provide, which Limbo stated prices an arm and a leg.
“It’s an awesome irony that even locations which might be located on the banks of the Zambezi wrestle with an satisfactory provide of potable water. This has been an awesome problem to the enterprise. We want boreholes to unravel this drawback,” she
Birds proceed to pose threats to the expansion of the enterprise, and so they eat produce, which in flip struggles to develop to its full potential.
Coupled to this are rats that usually inhabit the realm, Limbo stated.
She is, nevertheless, not trying again and has already set targets for her enterprise.
Her emphasis is the promotion of natural meals to maintain wholesome.
“Having natural crops is straightforward in your physique, and it doesn’t injury your soil; additionally it is wholesome. Rising up, we by no means had a number of diabetes, most cancers and hypertension issues within the Zambezi area. It’s because we took a number of herbs and greens. We have to return to that life-style,” she stated.