Opuwo natural oil facility


Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 10:30
An oil-processing facility for indigenous natural oil products has been launched at Opuwo, donated by the American Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N) to the Kunene Conservancy INP Trust. 
According to the MCA-N, the trust comprises of five commiphora- producing conservancies, namely Puros, Orupembe, Marienfluss, Sanitatas, and Okondjombo. 
Commiphora is a traditional Himba perfume plant, also known as ‘Namibian myrrh’. Along with mopane, resin is extracted at the facility from the commiphora. While the conservancies benefit directly through the proceeds, 400 harvesters benefit indirectly through the sale of their collected raw material, and four new full-time jobs have been created.
At the launch of the facility MCA-N chief executive officer Penny Akwenye joined Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) resident country director Stevan Dobrilovic, together with Kunene governor Joshua //Hoebeb, who thanked the American people for their support in fighting poverty. He further highlighted the economic significance of indigenous natural products (INP) for the Himba communities of Kunene Region, whom he called traditional plant experts.
Akwenye said that she is convinced that the facilities will contribute not only to increased sales, but also increased awareness about these important products. 
The small factory and an associated visitor centre were funded by MCA-N through a grant of almost N$730 000, while the factory equipment worth N$353 000 was also granted. The lion share of the approximate total of N$4,5 million went into research, marketing and supply chain development.
MCA-N is implementing development activities in the country’s education, agriculture and tourism sectors financed by the United States Government to the combined value of N$3 billion.