Ruacana Constituency still facing food shortages

20 Mar 2014 09:40am
RUACANA, 20 MAR (NAMPA) – Omusati Regional Councillor for the Ruacana Constituency, Abast Ipinge says many households continue to face food shortages in his constituency.
Ipinge said this while speaking at the official inauguration of the multi-purpose community centre at Ruacana.
The centre was inaugurated by Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda last Friday.
The Ruacana community faces food shortages following the minimal harvest it has been experiencing as a result of poor rains received in the constituency for the past two years.
Ipinge said the majority of the constituency’s households are currently depending on the monthly distribution of drought relief food by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
“However, we were recently faced with a two-month backlog of the drought relief food from the OPM,” he told his audience, adding that distribution will continue once food is available.
The Ruacana constituency councillor at the same time expressed concern that his constituency will face another food shortage situation because of the late rains received this season.
Ipinge pointed out that no one has died of starvation, and only some isolated cases of malnutrition amongst children were reported at health facilities in the constituency despite continuous insufficient availability of food.
The Ruacana Constituency is situated in the west of the Omusati Region, and is said to have more than 10 000 inhabitants.