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President’s regional draught assessment kick offs in Omaheke

President’s regional draught assessment kick offs in Omaheke

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Marthina Mutanga

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob is today in the Omaheke Region with a delegation to assess the impact of the drought, as well as study relief measures in order to minimise the loss of livestock at the hard-hit region.

State House Press Secretary, Alfredo Hengari said that the president met with the Aminuis community this morning where he advised farmers to either sell their cattle or find alternative feeding methods to reduce the loss of livestock.

Geingob is accompanied by Prime Minister Saara Kuukongelwa –Amadhila , Agriculture Minister Alfeus !Naruseb, Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa and acting Minister of Education Martin Andjaba,  as well as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Chrissie //Hoebeb.

Hengari said the delegation visited Jakkalsdraai and Otjituve in the Aminius constituency in the Omaheke Region.

He is expected to travel to Gobabis next.

Geingob this year declared the current drought affecting communities and livestock a national disaster.

Since 2013, most parts of Namibia recorded below normal rainfall, thereby leaving the grazing land exhausted and with little recovery.

This is the third time in six years that government has declared a state of emergency.

The Head of State said all offices, ministries and agencies, as well as other stakeholders will be mobilised to ensure that the necessary assistance is rolled out to affected communities.

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