Oshana's vulnerable households get goats for breeding

30 Jun 2016 20:50pm
OMPUNDJA, 30 JUN (NAMPA) – The Small Stock Development and Distribution to Communal Areas project of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry will distribute breeding goats to all 14 regions in the country.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Anna Shiweda said this whilst handing over 420 Boer goats for breeding to 20 households from the 11 constituencies of the Oshana Region at the Ompundja Auction Kraal here on Thursday.
Each household received 20 female goats and a male goat.
Shiweda pointed out that the project is being rolled out only to communal areas of the 14 regions since the launch of the project in the Kavango West Region in May last year.
The beneficiaries are anticipated to each return 20 goats to the project to further benefit other members of the community after a five-year period.
“This project is aimed at providing quality core breeding stock of locally-bred small stock to selected households in order to generate income, supply food and improve their social and economic well-being,” Shiweda stated during the handing-over ceremony.
She wants to see the donated goats multiply so that their offspring can be given to other community members.
“Please look after these animals in a good and proper manner in order for you to obtain outstanding results in fulfilling your goals and most importantly, to break the vicious cycle of hunger and poverty in Namibia,” urged the deputy minister.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Julia Nghifikwa from the Oshana Region’s Okaku Constituency indicated that the project is to benefit two households per constituency in the Oshana Region.
Nghifikwa also appealed to the ministry to ensure that other vulnerable households also benefit from the project, while on the other hand urging those who benefited to seriously take care of the goats by providing water and good grazing.
Shiweda also handed over close to 500 goats to some 20 households in the Kunene Region’s Khorixas Constituency on Tuesday.