NCA needs high quality bulls: Shoombe

03 Mar 2016 13:10pm
OSHAKATI, 03 MAR (NAMPA) – Some 40 000 bulls of good quality are needed in the northern communal areas (NCAs) of Kunene, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Zambezi and two Kavango regions.
Acting Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer for the North-Central, Kenneth Shoombe said this Wednesday whilst addressing a meeting with farmers he convened at Oshakati in the Oshana Region.
He was motivating livestock farmers to move from being traditionalists and to implement modern farming techniques to produce animals of good quality for the local and international market.
Shoombe pointed out there are about 1.7 million cattle in the NCAs and bulls of good standards are needed if farmers are to produce cattle of high quality in order to earn good prices in the beef market.
“Let us farm to provide cattle for the market so that we generate money to improve our lives, support our families and resolve our day to day financial challenges,” Shoombe told his audience.
He also urged the farmers in the NCAs to be part of the creation of wealth and also to contribute to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Shoombe believes the agriculture sector, which he says has great potential to contribute to the country’s socio-economic development and GDP, remains dormant in the NCAs.
He wants to see farmers consulting with their respective local state veterinarians for advice on how to regularly vaccinate their livestock against diseases such as anthrax and bacteria such as brucella in order to keep their animals healthy at all times.
Prominent farmers and members of the farmers’ cooperatives, associations and unions attended the meeting.