GOVERNMENT will soon roll out the N$573 million drought relief to safeguard Namibia’s agricultural sector and urged that appropriate and sustainable drought coping strategies should be further explored and cheaply adopted,
Cabinet Secretary, George Simataa stated that around close to 50 0000 households will be given food relief packages which include maize, cooking oil and tinned fish, as government continues to assess more vulnerable communities countrywide.
Simataa stated that a final figure of this will be given by the end of May.
He however stated that the provision of food has been ongoing since October, with government addressing food insecure places such as Hoachanas, Gibeon, Ovitoto and Daures prominent among the many vulnerable communities.
The Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa recently called for various persons in different regions to reach out to government if they are hard hit by the drought. With the Prime Minister’s office in charge of Food Security, and the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Works and Transporting overseeing the logistical matters of rolling out the intended drought relief products.
Water and Tank services will be deployed to areas without water, or those which have dried up wells. Further, government will repair/install boreholes to severely hit areas. In addition, food relief and feed and leaks will be offered to farmers.
Farmers will in addition be offered incentives on destocking with government paying N$400 per head per every large livestock unit, with up to 100 cattle sold being subsidized for every farmer. In addition, an amount of N$40 dollars will be subsidized for the sale of goats with up to 500 small livestock sales being paid for.
Other interventions include government leasing grazing land from private farms with up to 70 cattle per farmer allowed.
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