PRIME Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, has assured farmers that preparations have been made to provide animal fodder to assist them with their drought stricken animals and further stated that help will arrive soon.
She made the remarks during her visited in Oshana Region to assess and familiarise herself with the drought situation on the ground.
According her a delay was caused because of logistical issues with the main supplier, but the drought aid is expected to arrive within a short period of time.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila made several stops at some major water points, dams and grazing areas during her visit and also visited the earth dam at Uuvudhiya which is filled with water pumped by Namwater from Olushandja.
She also visited the dried up Yinakulu yomadhiya and Oponona lake in Uuvudhiya constituency. Currently farmers from all the four northern regions of Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena and Omusati have flocked to Uuvudhiya, where grazing has always been better than many other areas in the north.
Uuvudhiya Constituency is hardest hit by the drought situation – having endured the dry conditions for the past five years.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila stated that she was happy that the water that is being pumped from Olushandja to Uuvudhiya earth dam by NamWater via the canal have reached the area and that all temporary measures to ensure that water reaches the dry areas are proving fruitful.
“The pumping of water from Olushandja to Uuvudhiya via a canal is temporary and government will look into permanent ways of addressing water shortage to address water crises when drought hit again in the future,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
She also visited the dried-up Yinakulu Yomadhiya and Oponona lake, for long the most reliable source of water for animals in the area as they usually keep water throughout the years but due to the poor rainfall over the past years, they have already dried up and animals have to travel long distances to get to other water points.
Apart from visiting the water points, she also visited the grazing area of Iipopo in Uuvudhiya Constituency, where the regional council has put up water tanks, which are constantly being supplied with water for both animal and human consumption with trucks.