Erongo serious about poverty eradication: Mutjavikua

21 Aug 2016 12:10pm
KARIBIB, 21 AUG (NAMPA) - The Erongo regional leadership is dedicated to eradicating poverty and to the full implementation of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, governor Cleophas Mutjavikua has said.
He asked religious, community and traditional leaders in the region to identify and report people who do not have food in their respective communities so they can be assisted.
“If you see those who do not put cooking pots on the fire, please inform us. Together we can eradicate poverty,” he said at the handing over of animal feed to communal farmers by a local businessman at Karibib on Friday.
Mutjavikua called on the region to come together and fight drought and poverty from all sides.
“Our drought is the worst, farmers lost animals so please look at us with special eyes and help us help them save their animals. We do not want them to start from scratch because their stock perished,” he said.
He said the target is to assist farmers with 50 and less cattle, but those with more cattle are also assisted with relocation to other regions such as Otjozondjupa for grazing.
Mutjavikua said he has been speaking to the leadership of Otjozondjupa to secure grazing space for some of the Erongo farmers.
He also advised those able to do so to relocate to where there is grazing.
“The situation is so serious that farmers are forced to sell their animals at a loss or helplessly watch them die,” he said.
Mutjavikua said he is most concerned about elderly farmers who depend entirely on their livestock for a living.
“To the business community please embrace the Harambee Prosperity Plan. Help with finance to rescue our people so that they do not end up begging for food and money in the street,” he said.
Another message to the farmers especially in the Tubusis and Usakos areas is to brand their animals with Government provided numbers, as animals without ear tags will not be given donated fodder.
He asked the veterinarians to sensitise and assist communal farmers in the branding.
“Some farmers are saying we know them thus there is no need for requirements like ear tagging. Please let us not be ignorant, do the right thing to save your livestock,” said the Erongo governor.