Karibib entrepreneur supports drought relief

21 Aug 2016 10:10am

KARIBIB, 21 AUG (NAMPA) - An entrepreneur from Karibib on Friday responded to the call of regional government to support communal farmers affected by the drought by donating small stock feed.
Heinrich Lesch of Green Grazing Solutions donated 192 bags of small stock feed pellets for sheep and goats to communal farmers at Karibib.
Each bags weighs 50 kilogrammes and the donation is worth N.dollars 60 000.
He said he has observed the suffering of farmers losing livestock in the Erongo Region and that of Government trying to assist them, hence the contribution.
“This is part of our social responsibility towards the community and our contribution to the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” Lesch said.
He used the opportunity to encourage more business owners to support the farmers with animal feed.
Chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council, Hafeni Ndemula said the council will continue to solicit donations for animal feed.
Last month, the council and First National Bank Namibia Foundation bought fodder worth over N.dollars 2,2 million, which is being distributed to farmers.
“We are working hard to get as many businesses as possible on board to help our farmers,” Ndemula said.
On her part, Chief Regional Officer Natalia /Goagoses said the response from the regional business community is promising.
“Potential donors are in the pipeline, we have been holding meetings and there is an indication that more help is coming,” she said.
/Goagoses thanked Lesch and everyone willing to assist the farmers with saving their animals.
The 192 bags were given to the worst affected small stock farmers in the Daures, Karibib and Walvis Bay Constituencies.
Utuseb village outside Walvis received 22 bags, while Uis, Spitzkoppe, and Tubusis received 30 bags each.
Omatjete and Otjimbingwe received 40 bags each to be distributed to farmers in these areas.
On behalf of the farmers, senior councillor of the Tsoaxdaman Traditional Authority at Otjimbingwe, Jonathan Neumbo applauded both the entrepreneur and the regional council.
“We are slowly getting relieved as we can see help is coming. A few months ago we were worried and called for help, the answer was quick and favourable. Thank you so much,” the traditional leader said.