Otjiwarongo farmer wants compensation from Govt for stock-theft

17 Jul 2014 11:20am
OTJIWARONGO, 17 JUL (NAMPA) – A livestock farmer in the Otjiwarongo district wants Government to start compensating farmers for losses incurred because of stock-theft syndicates operating in the region.
“Stock-theft is a serious concern in this Otjozondjupa region. I want Government to start compensating us for our losses,” Siegward Haniche said in an interview with Nampa at his farm on Thursday afternoon.
Haniche is the owner of Farm Nebraska, situated some 35 kilometres north-east of Otjiwarongo, opposite Dr Frans Indongo’s commercial farm.
He said since the beginning of this year, close to 20 cattle have been slaughtered on his farm by unknown cattle rustlers.
This past Sunday, he discovered that three of his Simbra cattle had been slaughtered, and meat turned into biltong on his farm.
He then conducted an inspection on the entire farm, and two more old places where cattle had been slaughtered in addition to the new one were discovered on that same afternoon.
A zebra skin and pieces of fat were also found at the new slaughter point.
Haniche has over 700 cattle on the 10 000 hectares of land.
He noted that the three slaughtered cattle were aged between 15 and 18 months, and valued at over N.dollars 15 000 in total.
“This is a huge loss to me. Our Government must start to compensate us for losses of this nature,” said the 70-year-old farmer.
Haniche has been tending to cattle, oryx, kudus and warthogs for a period of 34 years now.
He said his family and five other families working for him all depend on the animals being kept on the farm.
The farmer thus urged Government to come up with a law which will allow livestock farmers to be compensated for each animal stolen or killed due to stock-theft or by poaching syndicates.
Such a compensation process could commence once police investigations were completed and enough evidence had been established that the missing animals were indeed stolen or killed by rustlers.
Haniche also urged members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region to tighten security at their roadblocks because most of the stolen animals are transported through roadblocks.