Kunene San community receive cattle, vaccines from NGSIP

23 Oct 2015 11:00am
OUTJO, 23 OCT (NAMPA) – Thirty-five Hai//Om San community households in the Kunene Region on Wednesday received two cattle each from the Namibia-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP).
All beneficiaries were present at the donation event which took place at Seringkop Government Resettlement Farm, situated over 90 kilometres north of Outjo in the Kunene Region near the Etosha National Game Park.
The cattle were handed over by the NGSIP’s National Co-ordinator for Livestock Projects, Collin Usurua.
The cattle handed over are offspring of cows given to the first beneficiaries at the same farm in 2012.
“Today marks the date we had agreed that come October 2015, once these heifers had reproduced they will be handed back to us so that we also give them to the next beneficiaries on the list,” Usurua explained.
He said each heifer that was re-donated had reproduced, and those offspring remain with the first beneficiaries.
Usurua said the second group of beneficiaries at Seringkop will not be expected to return the cows or calves to the project.
In 2012, the NGSIP donated 125 cattle to the Hai//Om San community of Seringkop, but only 78 cattle survived predators and thieves.
He said some cattle died or went missing, and these cases were reported to the programme management committees (PMCs) at Seringkop.
At the same event, Usurua also donated different types of livestock medicine bought by the NGSIP to the new beneficiaries.
The medicine are to treat and prevent livestock diseases, and include vaccines such as Supavax, which prevents livestock from contracting anthrax, botulism and black quarter; Multi-Vite for vitamin deficiencies and Multimin for mineral deficiencies; as well as livestock eye disease vaccines.
On behalf of the community, the Hai//Om San traditional leader, Chief David //Khamuxab thanked the governments of Namibia and Germany for improving the livelihoods of his people.
He urged beneficiaries to take care of the livestock since it is now theirs and will not be returned to the programme.
The Outjo Constituency Councillor, Abraham Job said he was pleased to form part of the technical committee that facilitated the project on behalf of the community from the start to the end.
Job warned the new beneficiaries not to sell any of the cattle donated, adding that the animals must be electronically ear-tagged and recorded on a veterinary livestock information database.
He also advised them not to fight over the livestock.