Aminuis farmers hoping for better rain this year

23 Sep 2017 18:00pm
AMINUIS, 23 SEP (NAMPA) - Farmers in the Aminuis Constituency of the Omaheke Region are hoping that the upcoming rainy season will be better than what they experienced in recent years.
The constituency, home to commercial farms and several villages, is often at the receiving end of drought to the extent that not a day passes in any village without a farmer losing a cow or more to the natural disaster.
The farmers however appeared to have been relatively better off this year, as losses to drought have been less severe than the previous two or three years.
The rainy season in the area usually starts in October and lasts until February or March.
A normal to above-normal rainy season has been forecast for the upcoming season.
Livestock farmers who spoke to Nampa on Saturday said they are hopeful that this year will produce better rainfall.
“We are looking forward to a better rainy season than the past one so that we can save some of our weakening and old livestock,” Dawid Kavari, who farms at Corridor No.13 village, said.
Kavari said the rain will also benefit small stock farmers as shrubs and bushes that support such livestock are completely dry.
Another farmer, Usiel Murangi, said he was happy that the prices of calves at auctions were favourable this year, adding that with a good rainy season, such prices are even bound to improve next year.
“We rely on the sale of our calves to sustain ourselves. If we receive high rainfall, we will have fatter and healthier calves to sell early next year,” he said.
The current condition of grazing pasture in the constituency is however cause for concern for farmers here, as the land remains barren, with little or no grass.
Farmers said they are also not able to rely on their livestock for milk and Omaere - a staple and nutritious cultured milk drink in the area, due to the condition of their animals.
“We are thankful that we did not lose that many animals this year, but their condition is also not favourable,” said Windhoek-based 'weekend farmer', Ambrosius Handura.