Drought relief food distribution to continue

23 May 2014 18:18pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - The Director of Rural Development in the Kunene Regional Council, Jeremiah Kavaa says the distribution of drought relief food will continue up to the end of June this year.
Kavaa also heads the drought relief food distribution programme in the Kunene Region.
“A drought situation review workshop held in Oshakati in March this year recommended that the drought relief programme continue up to the end of June while an assessment on the drought country-wide is being carried out to determine if the situation has changed or not,” he told Nampa in an interview on Thursday.
He noted that although the programme was initially scheduled to end in March this year, factors such as poor rainfall in certain areas of the country and a lack of vegetation especially in the mahangu and maize fields prompted the decision to extend it.
“We still have supplies of drought relief food that we are busy distributing up to the end of June in Kunene, when the report on the drought relief situation will be made available,” Kavaa noted.
He added that the distribution was a bit slow this week due to a lack of transport after most of the vehicles they were using had to be used for Ministry of Health and Social Services’ immunisation week campaign.
The Namibian Red Cross Society’s water and sanitation regional officer for Kunene, Rudolph Tjaveondja told Nampa on Friday that Kunene was still a drought-stricken region due to the poor rainfall it has received. This led to poor, or in some cases, no harvesting for crop farmers and huge livestock losses.
According to Tjaveondja, there are a lot of people who need food assistance in Kunene. He called on people or companies who are willing to assist in feeding people, to do so.