THE number of livestock lost between 2018 and 2019 in the Otjozondjupa region due to the prevailing drought is currently at 7 723.
This was revealed by Otjozondjupa governor, Otto Ipinge, who said that between October 2018 and March 2019, Okahandja, Okakarara, Tsumkwe and Omatako constituencies lost a devastatingly large number of both large and small livestock due to the ongoing drought.
He said the lost livestock comprises of 4 736 cattle, 1 766 goats, 1 174 sheep, 18 donkeys and 29 horses.
Framers in Okotjituo in the Otjozondjupa region have been without water since June and have since called on the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry for assistance to prevent further loss of animals.
A young farmer, Given Kaangundue, has lost 23 cattle since June this year but expects for the number to increase because the Namwater borehole is dry and there is no water pipe in the area.
“This is heart breaking because I have lost many cattle and there is no assistance yet from the ministry,” said Kaangundue,
A statement from the Ministry of Agriculture noted that Namibia as a whole has sufficient water resources to meet the goals set out in Vision 2030, but that the abstraction and distribution of water over large areas, coupled with the supply of remote communities and demand centers, remains a major challenge in terms of upgrading, replacement and the maintenance of the necessary infrastructure.
Namibia has seen a succession of droughts since 2013 and President Hage Geingob in May declared the current drought a national disaster.