10 Jan 2017 17:40pm
OTAVI, 10 JAN (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob on Tuesday received a bull of a special breed from Zambias President, Edgar Lungu as a gift.
Acting Zambian High Commissioner to Namibia, Dorothy Nachilongo delivered the 18-month-old Boran bull to Geingob's Farm Hadoloha, situated over 30 kilometres north of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
She said Lungu in November decided to donate the bull to Geingob with the purpose for it to improve cattle breeding at his farm.
This bull is a gift from your brother, your good friend and counterpart President of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, said Nachilongo, emphasising the gift is not from the Zambian people or Government, but from Lungus personal wealth.
Nachilongo confirmed a bull was first donated by Lungu and sold in Zambia, where an undisclosed amount of money was generated and used to purchase a bull of the same breed in Namibia.
This, she said, was done because the animal and veterinary regulations of both countries are strict in the crossover of livestock from neighbouring states.
Nachilongo said the Boran bull in Namibia was purchased from Farm Gerard in the Gobabis District of the Omaheke Region and transported to Hadoloha on Tuesday.
The diplomat said it is an old tradition for Heads of States to practice the culture of giving gifts to strengthen their relationships.
Managing Director of Farm Gerard, Hueston Groenewaldt said his family also decided to donate another bull from their farm to Geingob.
We gave him a Red Brahman bull, said Groenewaldt.
The three-year-old Brahman on Tuesday was also transported to Farm Hadoloha along with that from Lungu.
Geingob thanked Lungu and the Groenewaldt family for the gifts, saying over 300 cattle are now grazing on his farm.
The President said he does not intend to farm for commercial purposes but to keep a farming practice on the farm he calls home.
Farm Hadoloha also has a fenced off maize field and various wild animals.
First Lady Monica Geingos was also present at the gift handover.
Boran cattle are relatives of the Brahman and are known for their early maturity and fertility.