WINDHOEK – A creative spirit was floating at the Barleo Park in the Northern Industrial area on Tuesday night where a young entrepreneur launched the National Poultry Enterprise.
Twenty-nine-year old Michael Mulunga always had an inclination for business.
“Our father had a shop, so we were always exposed to the business environment,” Mulunga’s older brother, Paulus Tangeni explained to the audience.
And in this way, after graduating from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Business Administration, he went to Egypt to study poultry farming.
“I really have a passion for it, and I was looking for opportunities, so when I came back from Egypt, I started marketing and networking for four years,” enthused Mulunga in an interview.
By selling chicks, incubators, drinkers, feeders imported from South Africa and China, and by doing consultancy work, the fairly new company is already serving farmers all over the country.
“Clients were getting more and more, and it wasn’t possible for me to continue in my parents’ house, so it’s a great step for me to start working in this industrial stall,” said Mulunga to the audience.
The Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni, was present at the launch and congratulated the young entrepreneur. He also encouraged the youth to venture into business creation and self-employment.
“There’s a lot of opportunities in this country,” he said. “Chickens are the cheapest form of protein, so strengthening the support for poultry farmers contributes to food security,” he added.
Mulunga foresees a bright future for his company. “Businesses are closing, and we are opening, it shows that we are in the right direction,” he said. “But one of the biggest challenges is the access to land. I could do more if it was easier,” he concluded by answering to the questions of New Era.
*Lucie Mouillaud is a journalism intern from Toulouse, south of France
2018-08-23 09:19:08 6 months ago