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Namibian Agriculture Gets a Shot in the Arm: Peritum and Roots College Sow Seeds of Change


In a move that promises to revitalize Namibia’s agricultural sector, Peritum Agri Institute and Roots College have joined forces to transform the country’s agricultural education landscape. This strategic partnership, announced last week, aims to bridge the gap for school leavers with a passion for farming, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to become the next generation of agricultural leaders.

The official inauguration ceremony, held in Windhoek, drew a significant crowd, with prospective students, parents, and even government dignitaries, including Namibia’s Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, all in attendance. The excitement was palpable, a testament to the critical need for a revamped agricultural education system in Namibia.

“For too long, agricultural education has been an afterthought,” said Eddie Conradie, Managing Director of Roots College. “This partnership with Peritum allows us to offer a holistic approach, combining strong academics with practical training and essential entrepreneurial skills.”

A Collaborative Effort for Food Security

The initiative comes at a crucial time for Namibia. The country faces ongoing food security challenges, and a skilled agricultural workforce is vital to ensure self-sufficiency. Peritum’s expertise in agricultural training, coupled with Roots College’s established academic foundation, promises to create a winning formula.

“This is a significant milestone,” said a spokesperson for Peritum Agri Institute. “By cultivating a new generation of agri-preneurs, we can drive sustainable development and ensure food security for Namibia’s future.”

A Beacon of Hope for Namibian Youth

The Namibia Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, echoed these sentiments, highlighting the importance of empowering young Namibians. “Investing in our youth is investing in our future,” he said. “This initiative has the potential to create a wave of positive change in the agricultural sector, not just for Namibia, but for the entire region.”

The Peritum-Roots College partnership is a beacon of hope for Namibia’s agricultural future. By equipping young people with the necessary tools and knowledge, it has the potential to transform the nation’s food security landscape, ensuring a more sustainable and prosperous future for all Namibians.