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Government experience shortfall in addressing drought situation

Government experience shortfall in addressing drought situation

Maria David
PRIME Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, said that the Government has experienced a deficit in the drought relief programme in the Oshana Region as more people has been registered as beneficiaries than estimated.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, made the remarks during the official opening of the Oshana Town Hall meeting held in Ongwediva.
According to Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, a total of 15 367 people have been registered as beneficiaries for the drought relief program in Oshana, with the distribution which has already commenced and will conclude in August this year.

Pictured: Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Photo: Contributed

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has appealed to all Namibian workers to emulate the example set by foreign countries that have assisted in the drought and those that who have already given their voluntary two percent one-off contribution from their annual salaries towards the drought relief programme.
“Our business partners and international friends so far donated about N$104 million to assist with the drought relief programme,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
Despite effort being made by government to raise N$570 million which is budgeted for the drought relief programme, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is concerned that it might not benefit all people as the number of Namibian affected by drought keeps on increasing and is more than originally estimated.
Speaking at the same meeting, Oshana Regional Governor, Elia Irimari, said that the drought situation affecting the whole country, Oshana is no exception.
According to Irimari, people and livestock’s have been severely affected by the climatic change which is a great threat to humanity and livelihood.
“Despite the adverse impact of the drought, we are grateful with the continuous support of the government in implementing livestock saving measures and food distribution to our people,” said Irimari.
Irimari noted that besides the government’s continuous support, the farmers should put in place and implement drought mitigation measures and join agricultural insurance scheme.

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