OVER Thirty thousand livestock have died due to the severe drought that has swept across the country for the past seven years.
The Minister of Information Communication Technology (MICT), George Simataa, said during a Cabinet briefing session on Thursday that the drought situation is on the brink of being declared as a state of emergency stating that the Livestock Sector may face total extinction if planned interventions are not implemented.
“Time is of the essence, Government’s machinery will have to improve it’s working, bureaucracy cannot be used as an excuse on slow service delivery, one day lost contributes more to this disaster,” Simataa stated
Simataa further warned that Government will be ruthless to those who let food and drought aid, which is meant for distribution, to rot in warehouses.
“Is it fair, when you as a fellow Namibian allow food to rot when others are in need of it, when we as a government do not want any Namibians perishing due to this drought?” Simataa asked.
Simataa added that from October 2018 to do date, a total over 31 0000 livestock have died, which include around 24 5098 goats, 8238 cattle, 518 Donkeys and 296 horses.
Simataa further stated that from now to October 2019, a total of N$302 million will be dispensed on targeted interventions with the help of the Namibian Defence Force who will be in charge of logistical matters such as the dissemination of the drought relief packages.
Listing interventions, Simataa stated that water and tank services will be deployed to areas without water, or those areas which have dried up wells. Further, government will repair and install boreholes to severely hit areas. In addition food relief and feed and licks will be offered to farmers.
Farmers are furthermore encouraged to de-stock with government offering subsidies for the sale of livestock.
Simataa, however encouraged farmers to keep a small number of young livestock which can maintain the sector.