MCA project officially closed at Oshakati

29 Jun 2014 14:40pm
OSHAKATI, 29 JUN (NAMPA) – The Community-Based Rangeland and Livestock Management Project was officially closed at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Friday.
The project, which is aimed at rangeland management, water infrastructure provision, community development and livestock management and marketing, commenced some five years ago under funding of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA).
It operated in 58 grazing areas, benefiting communal farmers in the regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Kunene and Kavango East and West.
The Oshana regional governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa, in a statement read on his behalf by his special advisor Michael Mwinga, noted that the communities benefitted from various farming trainings, tools and exchange visits which were offered during the operation of the project.
Each of the 58 grazing areas and 70 agricultural development centres benefitted from the project’s provision of animal husbandry kits.
The Oshana regional governor charged that the project was successfully implemented, saying it has enabled the introduction of 115 high-quality bulls provided through the Bull Scheme to farmers in its areas of operation.
Other benefits of the project are drilling of boreholes, connection of new water pipelines to existing water supplies, establishment of livestock marketing cooperatives, promotion of status of herders, and donation of breeding goats to the socially disadvantaged members of the community.
“This function marks the closure and conclusion of the project in its current form, but also marks the beginning of another phase, where farmers, including those who have not been participating, take control of these activities and continue with the good practices learned from the project,” Kashuupulwa said.
The closure of the project was attended by, among others, traditional and regional authorities’ representatives, farmers and project officials from its areas of operation.