Monday 12 April 2021
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Youth urged to unlock opportunities

At the launch of the National Poultry Enterprise, youth minister Erastus Utoni called on Namibian youth to identify business opportunities and become employers instead of expecting government to meet all their needs.
The National Poultry Enterprise, owned by Michael Mulunga is located in the Northern Industrial Park and its owner expects his firm to give seasoned competitors in the poultry industry a run for their money.
Poultry equipment such as drinkers, feeders, incubators and poultry cages are also being sold.
At the launch, Utoni called on young graduates to follow suit, especially those with entrepreneurial and business credentials but have not used their qualifications to create jobs to date.
“Our economy cannot create jobs at the rate that the growing number of youth in our country demands. Instead of becoming jobs seekers, we are required to become job creators,” he emphasized.
The minister emphasized that while capital may at times be a challenge, young people should have plans to start off small and grow gradually.
“Some of us went to Unam and we were educated but we are not doing anything with our qualifications. We need to plan. Most of our brothers from the neighboring countries come here and see the opportunities. Later we complain that they are taking our jobs but we don’t want to see the opportunities that other people are seeing,” said Utoni adding that today’s youth should desist from looking good and rather work the part.
With the country currently feeling the economic crunch, many small to medium sized enterprises have closed shop underlining the tough challenges that the local business climate poses for investors.
Mulunga started his business three years ago, then operating from home in Katutura. As his business grew and space becoming limited, operating from home was a challenge, hence the need to found business space.
The Business Administration graduate say business runs in his family bloodline and he has always dreamt of working for himself. Currently employed with the National Youth Council of Namibia, Mulunga further went to study for a short course in Poultry Production and Health in Cairo, India.
“It was on the 1st of June that I decided to test the waters outside and found a place to run my business from. It has been a very rough journey especially starting with a zero balance. Today, our turnover has moved from a zero to half a million dollar. And we are looking hitting the N$ 1 million mark by next year,” said Mulunga.
Mulunga cited the need to growing the poultry industry in Namibia as priority saying it is time Namibians stop being too heavily reliant on South Africa for chickens.
“We are heavily reliant on poultry exports from South Africa. I strongly believe that we need to hatch the chicks here and sell them to our farmers here.
I believe we are in a very good industry, the food industry. We are in a financial crisis now with many businesses closing down but there are still opportunities out there especially in the foot security fraternity. I have confidence and thus encourage young people to jump on those opportunities instead of waiting for the government to employ them,” he said.

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