02 Oct 2013 11:20
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) - The agricultural sector recorded an increase in the number of cattle and small stock marketed due to the prevailing drought, according to the Bank of Namibia (BoN) Quarterly report launched here on Tuesday.
It said the increase in the number of livestock marketed was notable in the exports of live weaners to South Africa.
Moreover, the report said slaughtering activities at local abattoirs rose in light of the drought which affected most parts of the country and contributed to this development.
Milk production, however, decreased during the second quarter of 2013, compared to the corresponding period of last year due to unfavourable weather conditions, it stated.
The total number of cattle marketed increased to 130 825, the highest number of cattle marketed in a single quarter in the last 10 years, it stated.
This represents an increase of 35.8 per cent and 115.8 per cent on a quarterly and annual basis, respectively.
The increase in the number of cattle was due to aggressive marketing activities, following the devastating drought which affected most parts of the country.
On 17 May this year, President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared an emergency situation as a result of the drought in Namibia.
Following a prolonged dry period during the 2012/13 cropping season, Namibia's main cereal crop output for 2013 suffered a severe decline.
In some parts, the cumulative rains between January and March were approximately one-third of the average and a 50 per cent below average cereal production was expected.
About 900 000 Namibians are affected by the drought currently experienced in the country.
Livestock conditions are also deteriorating due to lack of water.