The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group is proud to announce that the second year of joint farming by its subsidiary Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia and their agro-production partner Natural Value Foods, whereby vegetables are being produced at Otavifontein, is supporting its strive to increase local procurement.Having started production at Otavifontein in November 2014, this agricultural venture now supplies fresh cabbage, spinach, pumpkin, butternuts, potatoes, green peppers, broccoli and cauliflower to PnP stores throughout Namibia. Floris Smith, Otavifontein Farm Manager, says that in the 20 months since the establishment of Otavifontein, more than 194 000 heads of cabbage; close to 673 000 leaves of spinach; 37 600 kg of green peppers; 26 500 kg of pumpkin, and more than 3 700 kg of butternuts have been delivered to shoppers of PnP Namibia. The harvest of 13 000 kg of potatoes was also sold locally. Smith says the farm creates permanent employment for five people while at least 20 jobs are created during peak periods.Otavifontein started from humble beginnings says Norbert Wurm, PnP Managing Director, who is positive that this farm will see even greater growth in future, providing more jobs and enhancing local production of vegetables in Namibia. Wurm: “In terms of Government’s Growth-At-Home strategy, it is important that local retailers make an effort to add value locally. It will strengthen local value addition, and contribute to reducing reliance on imports. Thus, in addition to adding value through jobs, we also support the overall development of the agricultural sector, which is after all the largest employer in Namibia. Local farming and procurement also ensures that produce is fresh as it is closer to the end consumer. This is in line with Pick n Pay’s commitment to providing excellent quality of products which is a natural outflow from the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’ for all Namibians.”