Special Initiative Programme faring well at Berseba

24 Nov 2013 15:20pm
BERSEBA, 24 NOV (NAMPA) – Beneficiaries of the Namibia-Germany Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) at Berseba in the //Karas Region are making good progress with the breeding of the goats they received through the programme.
Forty-five households received 945 goats from the NGSIP in November 2012, with each household receiving 20 nannies and one billy goat.
Reports on their progress were presented at Berseba on Friday during a consultative meeting between the Project Management Committee members (PMC), traditional authority and the NGSIP’s national coordinator for the livestock programme, Colin Usurua from Rise Namibia.
Rise Namibia is the company contracted to buy the livestock for distribution in the //Karas, Hardap, Omaheke, Kunene and Otjozondjupa Regions.
Usurua is currently consulting all beneficiaries in the five regions on the second phase of the NGSIP, including discussing the challenges faced and successes recorded.
Presenting his report, Berseba’s PMC member Adolph Petrus Goliath noted that the goats have been reproducing well despite the current drought.
He singled out beneficiaries such as Diederik Goliath, who now has 25 kids and 19 nannies after two goats died of illness or were killed by jackals.
Moses Fleermuys now owns 15 kid goats; while Saara Goliath has three kid goats.
Willem George Kaffer however, was unfortunate as out of the 21 goats he received he now only has eight, which have however fortunately produced one kid each.
It was also reported that one of the beneficiaries allegedly slaughtered some of his goats for own consumption.
It was not clear who the beneficiary was or how many goats he had slaughtered as the residents could not reveal this information.
Stephanus Goliath, the Deputy Captain of the /Hai-/Khaua Traditional Authority under which Berseba falls, acknowledged the good reproduction figures, but also warned beneficiaries to avoid killing project goats for own consumption or gain.
“It is difficult to tell a hungry man not to slaughter the goats. We also cannot authorise anyone to slaughter the goats because they (goats) are not theirs as yet. The goats remain the property of the project until such time as the beneficiary has repaid it,” he noted.
Goliath said the current beneficiaries need to ensure that their animals are well taken care of as they are expected to hand over 21 goats to other beneficiaries in 2015 (three years from when they received their goats, in 2012).
Speaking to Nampa immediately after the meeting, Usurua said it was agreed that since there is a drought this year, the NGSIP will not buy any livestock, but will fund any other agricultural projects proposed by the traditional authorities in consultation with community members.
He indicated that all the traditional authorities in the three regions are expected to submit their project proposals for the next phase of the programme for consideration before 10 December this year.
“After we have received all the proposals, only then will we be able to fund and allow the projects to start,” he said.
The NGSIP is meant for developmental projects in communities that have “historic ties” with the German government such as the Nama, Damara, Herero and San.
It funds small-scale social and economic infrastructure projects which benefit the poor and have an impact on poverty.