MCA Namibia hands over Okakarara State Veterinary Office to MAWF
An MCA Namibia (MCA‐N) funded State Veterinary Office (SVO) was inaugurated by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), Hon. John Mutorwa, in Okakarara (Otjozondjupa Region) on Monday. This modern veterinary clinic will help cattle farmers in the region to meet globally accepted meat product and export requirements, as well as to improve livestock production and off‐take.
The state‐of‐the‐art facility provides top‐notch working conditions, equipment and space for 15 staff members, including offices, meeting rooms, a laboratory, a sterilisation room, freezer and cold rooms, a post mortem room, large and small animal treatment areas, an operation theatre, a pharmacy, kennels and holding pens as well as an incinerator.
The Okakarara SVO is one of five State Veterinary Offices that MCA‐N built with funds from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in communal farming areas to improve Namibia’s veterinary infrastructure in remote parts and to improve animal health.
The five SVOs were constructed to the combined value of N$ 104 million of which N$
6 million were co‐funded by MAWF. The other animal clinics are located at Epukiro,
Omuthiya, Eenhana and Outapi.
In his keynote address before touring the facility, Agriculture Minister John Mutorwa
highlighted the importance of the SVO for Otjozondjupa Region where more than 6,000 of the 34,000 households are involved with agricultural activities, mostly livestock farming.
“These animals sustain us and they need to be healthy. And to be healthy they also need access to professional doctors – here in this State Veterinary Office,” said Mutorwa at the event, which was attended by more than 200 people.
Among them were the Okakarara Constituency Councillor, Hon. Vetaruhe Kandorozu, the Governor of the Otjozondjupa Region, Hon. Samuel Nuujoma, representatives of Traditional Authorities, MCA‐N, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the United States Embassy. U.S. Charge d’Affairs John Kowalski emphasised that the new SVOs are an important step towards achieving the goal of declaring the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) free from animal disease.
The farmers of the region are happy with the new facility. “I expect people to work hard and farmers to use this facility, so the SVO does not become another white elephant. It is really worth it, because now we do not need to take our animals for treatment to far‐away Otjiwajorongo anymore,” says Magord Veseevete who farms her livestock at Okamaruru near Okondjatu.
MCA‐N is implementing GRN activities in the country’s education, tourism and agriculture sectors financed by the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to the value of US$ 304.5 million (N$ 3 billion) with the aim of reducing poverty through economic growth. Approximately US$ 51 million (N$ 500 million) is budgeted for activities in the Namibian agriculture sector.