Erongo communal farmers to breed Swakara

29 Oct 2015 17:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 29 OCT (NAMPA) – Communal farmers in the Erongo Region will join the southern trend of farming with karakul sheep, Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua announced here on Thursday.
Karakul is a breed of black, white and grey sheep which originated in Asia and has been bred in the southern regions of //Karas and Hardap for their lucrative wool and pelt for many years now.
The fur of the Namibian Karakul sheep is known as Swakara, an abbreviation for South West African Karakul.
Updating the media about the progress of development projects under his office, Mutjavikua said about 800 ewes and rams will be given to communal farmers next month.
Mutjavikua noted that approximately N.dollars 850 000 was availed by the Navachab Gold Mine near Karibib for the purchase of the animals.
“We decided to also farm with Swakara as our temperature and environment in the areas of Karibib, Omaruru and Usakos is the same as in the //Karas Region,” he said.
Further details on the project will be availed when the sheep are handed over in Karibib on 19 November.
Other projects he highlighted are the beautification of the Uis settlement, where 80 houses will be painted and pre-renovation work done.
This project will start on 04 November 2015 and is made possible by the Namsov Fishing Enterprises and other partners.
In Tubusis village, the Tubusis Primary School will receive flush toilets when two water tanks will be installed to supply water.
The work on this project is expected to start by 10 November 2015.
On 13 November, members of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay will receive brick-making equipment from the Turkish Embassy in Namibia to start making their own bricks and construct houses.
“We came up with this initiative to accelerate housing provision in our towns. So instead of people doing unproductive things like drinking on weekends, they can get together and make bricks for their houses,” said the governor.