MCA-Namibia provides water to farmers near King Nehale plain

04 Oct 2013 06:50
OMUTHIYA, 04 OCT (NAMPA) - The Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-Namibia) has constructed an 11 kilometre water pipeline, various water points and water tanks and troughs at two popular grazing areas in the Oshikoto Region’s Omuthiya Constituency.
Work on the N.dollars 3,5 million infrastructure, which MCA-Namibia handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on Thursday, started last year.
It is meant to provide water to livestock in the popular grazing areas of Nangolo dhaAmutenya and Okalonga kooHumba, where the groundwater is salty and therefore not fit for consumption by humans or livestock.
The two grazing areas are vital to the livestock industry in the Oshikoto Region.
MCA-Namibia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Penny Akwenye handed over the facilities to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry at the Nangolo dhaAmutenya grazing area.
She explained that the cattle of different households are taken to the water points in the grazing areas before being herded into the nearby King Nehale plain.
This is done under MCA-Namibia identified grazing areas which practice community-based rangeland and livestock management.
“Animals need to be herded according to a grazing plan to allow the grass enough time to recover,” Akwenye told those in attendance at the inauguration event.
She pointed out that four households with a combined 182 cattle are herding their animals at Nangolo dhaAmutenya, while 40 households with a combined 209 cattle herd their livestock at Okalonga kooHumba.
“If the other 300 residents can be encouraged to participate and neighbouring grazing areas also herd their livestock, an improvement in production and profits can be expected,” Akwenye said.
The Under Secretary in the MAWF, Desmond Tshikesho, received the facilities on behalf of the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Joseph Ita, and asked the community in the area to manage the facilities properly.
Tshikesho also demanded the beneficiaries to ensure that they pay their water usage bills on time.
“This new water infrastructure funded by the American government will allow our livestock farmers to restore and maintain their rangeland areas as per my ministry's Rangeland Strategic Policy launched in 2012,” he noted.
The Chairperson of the Oshikoto Regional Council, Commander Marx Nekongo, and councillor of the Omuthiya Constituency Armas Amukoto also attended the event.