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Livestock dropping like flies

Livestock dropping like flies

Marthina Mutanga

LIVESTOCK conditions are worsening due to a lack of grazing and water as the drought continues.
Magreth Kalo, spokesperson of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, said the condition of livestock is influenced by the quantity of grazing materials available, supplementary feeding and adequate water supply.
She further noted that livestock in Namibia is currently in poor to critical conditions in most parts of the country, with livestock mortalities still on the rise.

SEVERE DROUGHT: Livestock, especially cattle, are dying at rabid pace due to the ongoing drought in the country. – Photos Contributed

The hardest hit areas mainly due to malnutrition include the southern regions (//Karas, Hardap and Omaheke), north central (Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Oshikoto), and northwestern regions (Kunene and Erongo).
In the Zambezi region, however, livestock condition was noted to range between fair and good, while fair to poor body conditions were reported in the Kavango East, Kavango West regions, as well as the resettlement farms in Groot Aub, Kanubeb, Dordabis, Arovlei and Versailles in the Khomas region.
The situation is also slightly better in the commercial farms in Khomas and Otjozondjupa Regions where livestock were reported to be in fair and good condition, mainly due to extensive supplementary feeding given by farmers.
“No major livestock diseases have been reported yet. However, cases of livestock deaths are increasing due to severe malnutrition in especially cattle,” Kalo noted.
Cattle especially in the communal farming areas are reported to be extremely malnourished, weak and unable to stand up on their own.

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