THE Disaster Risks Management of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) received a donation of 200 bales of hay from the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) on Monday.
The donation which was handed over by PDM Member of Parliament, Vipuakuje Muharukua is intended for the drought-hit Kunene Region.
In his acceptance speech OPM Executive Director, Mr. I-Ben Natangwe Nashandi said while most parts of Namibia received good rainfall for the past three months, the situation in the Kunene Region was below average or no rainfall that perpetuated the reigning drought.
Nashandi noted that the low rainfall is similar in Daures, Karibib, and Walvis-bay Rural constituencies in Erongo Region, with poor grazing which cannot sustain livestock and water shortages.
He explained that most constituencies in the western part of the Omusati Region are equally affected by inadequate or low rainfall. As a result of this low rainfall, drought is evident in the Kunene Region, parts of Erongo, and parts of the Omusati Region.
“The prolonged drought in Kunene has left many farmers with no large livestock. Even the drought-resilient small stock like goats and sheep have started dying in big numbers,” he said.
Nashandi indicated that the rainfall impact assessment shows that the Kunene Region has witnessed situations of almost zero-grazing availability in most parts of the region.
In response to the above dire situation, the Government has instituted a drought relief programme that was started in Kunene already on 26 February 2021, with immediate food assistance for the displaced farmers and also the distribution of fodder for their livestock.
Over 15 000 farmers have benefitted from this intervention and the relief programme will continue to all affected parts.
Nashandi stated that the donation by PDM is a compliment to the assistance so much needed by the affected communities.
The Office of the Prime Minister has offered to transport the donated items from suppliers in the Hardap Region and will deliver the same immediately following the conclusion of this ceremony to Kunene, where the Regional Council is directed to ensure immediate distribution to affected farmers.