Welcoming Remarks by Esther Kaapanda, Ded:DPMA at the presentation of the Khalifa Date Palm Award that was awarded to Desert Fruit
Good Morning Hon. Ministers, Colleagues and Distinguished Guests
Allow me to foremost welcome Hon. Alpheus G !Naruseb, Minister of MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND FORESTRY; Hon. Anna Shiwenda, Deputy Minister of MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND FORESTRY; Mr Percy W. Misika, ED of MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND FORESTRY; Mr Seth Holmes Managing Director of Desert Fruit and his delegation; Colleagues from MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND FORESTRY and esteemed members of the media present, for finding time to be present at this important event.
The purpose of this event is to witness the presentation of a certificate that was awarded to Desert Fruit as a winner of the “Khalifa Date Palm Award” in Dubai in March 2019. The Award was won and presented to Desert Fruit in recognition of their prominent attributes of success and competitiveness amongst others in the production of premium Dates. The dates are predominantly marketed and exported to international markets, such as the United Arab Emirates, in addition to our local domestic market.
Ladies and Gentlemen, kindly allow me to share with your that the Hon. Minister of MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND FORESTRY has had the opportunity of visiting Desert Fruit Farm in the !Kharas region and his last visit to the farm was in February 2019. From these visits it can be attested that Desert Fruit is indeed a most deserving award recipient for the Khalifa Palm Award for inter alia, their professionalism, competencies and their ability of applying with efficiency international standards in the production of Dates. Hence the Award and recognition that they have been accorded and that we are all witnessing today. This award is achieved through excellence hard work, exceptional business sense, intelligence, superlative ideas and experience, especially in date production.
Taking into account that you will be appraised further by our distinguished speakers at this event, kindly allow me to state that by winning this international award, Desert Fruit has amongst others, enhanced and promoted the reputation of Namibia in terms of predicting some of the premium Agricultural products.
In conclusion, on Behalf of the MWAF family, we are indeed pleased and honoured for all your presence, feel welcome at home and please enjoy the event
I thank you all.
Deputy Executive Director: Ester N. Kaapanda