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Namibian Potato Revolution: Nahop Empowers Farmers to Bridge the Spud Gap

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While potatoes reign supreme on Namibian dinner plates, the local harvest struggles to keep up with the nation’s insatiable appetite. To bridge this “spud gap,” the National Association of Horticulture Producers (Nahop) has launched a nationwide initiative to train small-scale farmers in the art of potato cultivation.

“This isn’t just a workshop; it’s a step-by-step blueprint for potato farming success,” declares Nahop in a recent statement. The program equips farmers with practical knowledge, from selecting and managing seed tubers to prepping the land and planting techniques. Both open-field and bag-planting methods are covered, catering to diverse land availability.

But Nahop knows farming transcends mere technique. The curriculum delves into the crucial aspects of profitability, covering chemical and organic fertilization, pest control strategies, and efficient irrigation practices. Water, after all, is precious in Namibia, and maximizing its use is key.

Perhaps the most revolutionary element is the inclusion of “agri-preneurship” training. Nahop understands that growing potatoes is a business, and farmers need the financial and marketing tools to thrive. Cash flow management, market analysis, and savvy sales tactics are woven into the fabric of the program, empowering farmers to turn their harvests into profits.

This nationwide Potato Empowerment Tour kicks off in Gobabis, Omaheke region, and continues its trek across Namibia, making stops in Windhoek, Rehoboth, Keetmanshoop, Mariental, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein/Tsumeb, Katima Mulilo, Rundu, Nkurenkuru, Okongo, Oshakati/Ondangwa, Omaruru, Usakos, and finally concludes in Swakopmund/Walvis Bay.

Farmers eager to join the potato revolution can contact their local Nahop representative to secure their spot in this transformative program.