Nguvauva wants answers on livestock marketing scheme

26 Sep 2013 08:40
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) - The Regional Councillor for the Steinhausen Constituency, Kilus Nguvauva has called on Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa to explain Government’s stance on the promised subsidy to farmers who sell their livestock in order to minimise losses.
Government introduced the livestock marketing drought relief scheme to help farmers minimise losses caused by poor grazing due to the current drought.
Nguvauva made the call during the National Council (NC)’s Session on Thursday when discussions of the Water Resources’ Management Bill referred to the NC from the National Assembly (NA), came up.
“Cabinet took a decision that farmers should sell some of their livestock to rescue themselves from the severe drought that the country is facing,” he said, adding that regional councillors held meetings where farmers were requested to adhere to Government’s call.
Nguvauva, who is also the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, said it was made clear to farmers at these meetings that N.dollars 300 would be paid for large stock, and N.dollars 75 for small stock, respectively.
“Many of them adhered to this call. However, six months after selling their animals, they have not yet received the abovementioned money,” the politician indicated.
It is against this background that he called on Mutorwa to ensure that the farmers are paid ‘immediately’ in order to buy fodder for their remaining livestock.
“If not, the minister should explain and tell the nation where we are, and when the farmers are going to be paid as per the decision of Cabinet,” he stated.
Nguvauva added that regional councillors are now ‘starting to look like liars in the eyes of the people who put them into power‘, just because there is no response from Government’s side on the issue.