Poor rainfall leaves farmers distressed

29 Mar 2019 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 29 MAR (NAMPA) – Poor rainfall recorded in most parts of the country is distressing farmers and has left some with pessimism that another prolonged drought is looming.
In a recent interview with Nampa, the Namibia National Farmers Union Executive Director, Mushokabanji Mulima, advised farmers with huge livestock to de-stock and invest in fodder.
“We are working closely with the government in addressing the drought issue and I am urging farmers to work closely with their regional farmers associations and regional councils in addressing this issue,” he said.
Andrew Mapfungidza, a small scale-farmer from Omakange in the Kunene Region, who specialises in poultry and vegetables, said the poor rainfall provides a threat to his produce.
“It is very bad. I have one borehole and don’t know how I am going to survive this year,” he expressed, saying that his 2 500 chickens will be affected heavily as they depend on water every day.
Another farmer from Okomumbonde, Low Mbatjangovasi said it is a matter of working hard and for farmers to come together and share ideas for the way forward.
On her part, Alma Muhenje, also a small-scale farmer from the Kunene Region, urged her fellow farmers to prepare well and advised them to have minimal livestock because of insufficient grazing area.
“We should also consider to sell some of our livestock and use the profit to sustain the remaining ones by buying correct feeds,” Muhenje emphasised.
Meanwhile, Chief Forecaster Operations at the Namibia Meteorological Service, Odillo Kgobetsi, told Nampa in a recent interview that although late, there will be a possibility of rain in April due to a deep low-pressure system from the Atlantic which might benefit farmers.