13 Oct 2013 11:10am
BLOUWES, 13 OCT (NAMPA) Communal farmers in the! Khob !Naub Conservancy of //Karas Region on Friday received monetary compensation from Government to cover for the loss of their goats and sheep to jackals in 2012 and earlier this year.
The last distribution of compensation money took place at the Blouwes village on Friday, bringing the total number to 83 farmers who received reparation from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET).
Conservancy Committee Vice-Chairperson, Anna-Marie Kooper handed over the money to the farmers at the conservancys Annual General Meeting (AGM) here.
Kooper said more than 200 goats and sheep were killed by jackals since 2012, and farmers applied for compensation from MET which paid them an amount of N.dollars 30 600.
She noted that jackals are rampant here, and to reduce their numbers and avoid more loss of livestock, MET granted locals a quota to kill 20 jackals in July 2012.
They are really killing our animals, but we are glad we managed to reduce the number this year, though it is of little help, said Kooper.
When a goat is killed by a wild animal, the owner is compensated N.dollars 200 by Government, while a sheep is worth N.dollars 250.
A cow fetches N.dollars 1 500 and a donkey N.dollars 500 in compensation.
The average market price for a cow is about N.dollars 5 000, while goats, sheep and donkeys start at N.dollars 1 000.
The Blouwes communal farmers, however, challenged the compensation figures given by Government, saying they are not at par or even close to the actual market price of the animals.
They suggest that Government must pay at least N.dollars 400 for a goat and N.dollars 500 for a sheep.
In response, METs Acting Chief Warden for Southern Parks, Diaso Kaaronda said his ministry is in the process of reviewing the compensation amounts.
The AGM was aimed at electing new members of the conservancy committee, and to discuss issues affecting the conservancy. It was, however, postponed to 13 November, because most of the community members did not show up.
It was agreed that the conservancy committee must go back and consult the community on which issues to be discussed and solicit their views regarding the election of new committee members before the next meeting.
!Khob !Naub is located some 15 kilometres north of Keetmanshoop, and covers the villages of Blouputs, Blouwes, Itsawises, Swartkoppies and Bloemhof.