Kalkfeld farmers want grazing on govt farmlands

10 Aug 2016 17:20pm
KALKFELD, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – Communal farmers from Kalkfeld in the Otjozondjupa Region in need of grazing for their livestock on Wednesday held a peaceful demonstration at the settlement.
Nearly 50 communal famers, mostly pensioners farming with large and small stock in and around Kalkfeld, marched to the settlement office where they handed over a petition.
Kalkfeld is situated about 70 kilometres west of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The farmers say they have not been spared by the drought experienced countrywide.
They took some of their livestock along on the march in order to show how lean the animals have become and in how vital it is for them to be granted grazing rights on three newly purchased Government farms.
“We want our Government to grant us grazing rights on the farmlands which were recently purchased in the area of Kalkfeld,” reads their petition.
They listed Farm Rodenhof No. 113 situated about 15 kilometres north of Kalkfeld, Quelldam No. 110 and Omuronga portion No. 111, both situated less than five kilometres south-east of the settlement.
Retired Evangelical Lutheran Church Reverend, Ngeno-Zack Nakamhela read the petition on behalf of the communal farmers.
Kalkfeld Senior Administration Officer, Anne-Marie Kawatomas received the petition and promised to channel it to the Otjozondjupa Regional Council as soon as possible.
There are more than 1 000 cattle, 1 400 goats, 500 sheep, 100 donkeys and 30 horses in the area.