Charcoal Production Training Workshop Conducted to Create Jobs while Managing Bush Encroachment in Ngamiland

Oct 27, 2017

Ngamiland Sustainable Land Management (NSLM) Project facilitated training of 19 people from Lake Ngami Conservation Trust and Haina Veld Farmers Association in Charcoal production from 31st July to 4th August, 2017 in Sehithwa village. The training was conducted by officials from NAM-BARBEQUE PRODUCTS, a Namibian company that manufactures charcoal and briquettes. The training included three women and 16 men. The first part of the training conducted by two meta works trainees involved manufacturing Kilns that are used for charcoal production. A total of 13 Kilns were manufactured under the guidance of Mr Magnus Kurz from NAM-BARBEQUE PRODUCTS. Thereafter, charcoal production commenced using wood cut from dead wood as well as wood cut from live bush encroachment trees. Mr Kurz was very impressed with the charcoal, stating that it is very good quality. He said Lake Ngami is sitting on a gold mine of “Black Gold” referring to the good quality charcoal. The graduation for the course participants was held on Friday 4th August, 2017 and Dr Oduetse Koboto, Head of UNDP Environment Unit was the Guest Speaker. He congratulated the trainees for having learnt a practical skill that they will be able to use to earn a living for themselves. Dr Koboto encouraged them to train others from their respective communities in order for others to learn the skill. Kgosi Dithapo of Sehithwa encouraged community members stating “I implore you to embrace the new skill of charcoal production and turn it into something bigger to benefit the community.”