Plough fields at night: Sikongo

21 Nov 2013 12:00pm
RUNDU, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – Farmers in the Kavango East and Kavango West regions have been urged to plough their fields during the early evenings or early mornings, because the cattle being used in ploughing are still too weak.
Kahenge Constituency Councillor Joseph Sikongo reminded farmers that although their areas had received some rains recently, cattle used for ploughing activities are still weak, and should thus be spared from working during daytime when it is hot.
Speaking on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)’s Rukavango radio call-in program on Thursday, Sikongo said the drought currently experienced in the country has weakened many livestock.
Farmers should thus not allow their livestock to carry out strenuous activities during the day, as the cattle might further lose weight.
Many livestock and wild animals died due to the dry conditions and subsequent lack of sufficient grass and leaves to eat, while many others have been weakened and lost weight.
Several subsistence farmers in the two Kavango regions depend on livestock such as cattle for ploughing.
Inhabitants of the two regions have seemingly not been discouraged by the drought, as they have already started clearing their mahangu fields in preparation for the ploughing season.
They have started by, amongst others, burning shrubs on their mahangu fields in readying the fields for planting.
Ploughing activities traditionally commence during the months of November and December, as this is also the time when rainfall commonly occurs.
Over 170 000 inhabitants of the Kavango East and Kavango West regions are reportedly badly affected by the current drought.
The ‘Emergency Food Security Assessment in Communal and Resettlement Areas in Namibia’, which was conducted during May this year by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) indicated that an estimated 330 927 Namibian citizens do not have any food security, while 447 577 are only moderately food-secure.