Omaheke farmers appeased by rain

11 Dec 2013 13:40pm
GOBABIS, 11 DEC (NAMPA) - Farmers in the Omaheke Region have welcomed the rains which fell over most parts of the region over the last two weeks.
The showers left various usually dry pans filled with water, bringing relief to livestock farmers who rely on rain for the survival of their livestock.
Farmers Nampa spoke to recently said if the rain continues to fall in the same manner - as sporadic showers as opposed to mass rain - the limited grazing in most of the region’s constituencies could be salvaged.
Eric Karumendu, who conducts his farming in the Otjombinde Constituency, said although the rainy season has been delayed, the recent showers will provide relief for many of them who have been battling with little grazing for their animals.
“We are pleased that the rainy season is finally here. What we are hoping for now is that the rain patterns remain the same so that we get more rain in the coming weeks too,” he stated.
Another farmer, Ngurimuje Korupanda who hails from Aminuis - one of the worst drought-stricken constituencies in the country - was of the opinion that the recent showers will definitely make a difference in the constituency.
“Aminuis is an area where it does not take long for grass to grow. All we needed was some showers to boost the little grazing we have left. All we can do now is to remain positive that we will have an even better rainy season,” he stated in an interview with this news agency.
Farmers in the Aminuis Constituency are still grappling with huge livestock losses due to the effects of the severe drought the area experienced.
The constituency, home to commercial farms and over 100 communal villages, has been hit hard by drought, to the extent that not a day passes in any village without a farmer losing one or more heads of cattle.
The Weather Bureau stationed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport outside Windhoek reportedly measured between 20 millimetres (mm) and 35mm of rain in various places in the Omaheke Region, recorded on certain days over the last week alone.