Food security in northern communal households improves

23 Jul 2014 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - The household food security situation in the northern communal crop-producing regions have improved, following a harvest in May 2014.
However, this improvement is still below the average production, but better by far than last season’s poor harvest, according to the Crop and Household Food Security Assessment Report for June 2014 issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on Tuesday.
“In the north-eastern regions which include Zambezi, Kavango East and Kavango West, most households interviewed indicated that this season’s harvest is much better than last season. However, the current harvest is still below the average production and according to farmers, the current harvest is expected to last between December this year to the next harvest in May next year,” it stated.
For the north-central regions which include Omusati, Oshikoto, Oshana and Ohangwena, most farmers have also reported an improvement in crop harvest for the 2013/14 cropping season, which according to them, is significantly higher than last season but still below the average production.
Crop production was seriously affected by prolonged dry spells which occurred in January and February, as well as American bollworms in March this year. In particular, the Omusati and the Ohangwena regions were mostly affected by prolonged dry spells resulting in a below average crop harvest.
According to the interviewed farmers in the western parts of the Omusati Region, the current harvest is expected to last untill between September and November this year, while elsewhere in the region, the current harvest is expected to last from December 2014 to the next harvest.
In the Ohangwena Region, farmers in the western part indicated that the current harvest will last until between October and November this year, while farmers in the eastern part of the region indicated that the harvest will last up to between January and the next harvest.
The Oshana and Oshikoto regions were also affected by dry spells, but not as severely as the Ohangwena and Omusati regions. Moreover, these two regions were seriously affected by American bollworms during March this year. Nevertheless, crop harvests for these regions are near normal and far better than last season.
“Therefore, farmers in these regions indicated that the current harvest is expected to last either up to December or will reach the following harvest next year,” read the report prepared by the Namibia Early Warning and Food Information Unit (NEWFIU) of the Directorate of Planning in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
(NAMPA)
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