Eiseb farmers in dire need of livestock auction facilities

14 Oct 2014 08:00am
EISEB POST 10, 14 OCT (NAMPA) - The community of Eiseb Block in the Otjombinde Constituency has appealed to the regional leadership to provide them with livestock auction facilities.
Eiseb Block is located some 360 kilometres (km) north-east of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region.
The nearest auction pens available for the use of this community are at the Okatumba Gate, some 200km away.
As the community relies heavily on animal husbandry for survival, which involves the selling of their livestock’s offspring for cash, the absence of auction facilities in their area has made life difficult.
Despite producing livestock in high quantities annually, only a few better-off farmers manage to send their livestock to auction pens at the Okatumba Gate due to high transport costs often associated with this exercise.
Local farmer Gerhard Kasamane told Nampa on Tuesday that unless the regional government comes to their aid, they will not be able to keep up with the high transport costs of their animals to auction pens.
“Everything you do on this earth needs money. For us who are unemployed and only rely on our livestock farming for survival, it is never easy.
When children return to school, you have to sell a calf or so in order to afford their transport to school.
When they return for holidays, it is the same process. How are we supposed to keep up with that when our livestock do not fetch good prices due to high transport costs?” he asked.
Otjombinde Constituency councillor Karii Marenga echoed the farmers' sentiments by calling on the intervention of Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele.
Marenga, who was speaking during the official inauguration of a new police station here last week, said auction facilities will indeed improve the lives of hundreds of residents in the area who rely on livestock farming for a living.
“These farmers sorely depend on livestock for survival, and as such it is a basic necessity for them to have auction pens and kraals from which to sell their animals,” he noted.