WINDHOEK, 1 DEC (NAMPA) -
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) is reminding farmers residing in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) that all claims for subsidy payments in respect of the Livestock Marketing Incentive Scheme will end on Friday.
In a statement issued on Monday, MAWF Acting Permanent Secretary Abraham Nehemia said after the aforesaid date, 04 December this year, the MWAF will no longer accept claims for subsidy payments in connection with the marketing of livestock incentive scheme from the farmers in the NCAs.
"We are hereby informing all the farmers in the NCAs and the MAWF staff that all claims received after 04 December 2015 will be considered as late and will not be processed by the ministry. The major reason for this notice is to make sure that the allocated N.dollars 60 000, 000 (60 million) is not exceeded." As per a Cabinet decision taken on 14 April 2014, approval was granted to avail funds to cover the subsidy payments for livestock marketing incentives, lease of grazing and the transportation of livestock to areas where grazing was available. The marketing incentive scheme was implemented as of 01 March 2015 and will last until the drought and grazing situation in the country has normalised, or until the approved budget is exhausted.
The mitigation measures for farmers in the NCAs is part of the government's N.dollars 74 million worth drought relief programme intended to help bring some relief to farmers residing in the NCAs.
Farmers who marketed livestock from 01 March this year may qualify for a livestock marketing incentive of N.dollars 400 per large livestock unit (cattle) for a maximum of 200 cattle and N.dollars 80.00 per small stock unit (goat and sheep) to a maximum of 1 000 small stock, or a combination of the two.
Farmers who bought livestock for farming, speculation and joint venture purposes from 01 March this year, with the exception of farmers who bought male breeding stock (bulls/rams), will be disqualified from the Livestock Marketing Incentive Scheme.
This mitigation measure has been earmarked for farmers in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs). It is further intended to subsidise the cost of transport to the nearest abattoirs, for example from Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa Region to Oshakati abattoir in Oshana Region.
According to the programme, affected farmers who want to lease emergency grazing will be assisted with a subsidy of 50 per cent of the kilometre tariff to a maximum of N.dollars 16.00 per/kilometre for truck and N.dollars 4.00 per/kilometre for LDV will be paid as transport subsidy to and from the emergency grazing areas.
The minimum load for trucks is at least 17 large livestock units (LSU) and/or 100 Small Stock Unit (SSU), while the maximum travelling distance to be subsidized is 500 kilometres. A subsidy of 50 per cent on the rent of livestock trailers carrying 8 LSU and/or 50 SSU is applicable.
All farmers transporting animals to and from emergency grazing areas may qualify for this subsidy, provided that in the case of communal areas, a movement permit from the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and written permission of the traditional leader as the lessor is annexed.
In commercial areas, an animal movement permit from the (DVS), short-term lease agreement as well as a Cattle Movement Notice must be to be attached to the invoices supporting the claim.
dully filled and signed receipt or invoice should be attached to the transport claim, before it will be considered for payment. (NAMPA) SKE/LI/CT