Parliament endorses declaration of national emergency

08 May 2019 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) – Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday endorsed President Hage Geingob’s declaration of drought as a state of emergency.
Geingob on Monday declared a national state of emergency due to the drought.
The MPs, in unity, emphasised the necessity of the declaration and, in fact, should have been done earlier as farmers have lost livestock already, some added.
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in her motivation on the declaration in the August house on Tuesday said it is clear that livelihoods of the majority of Namibians, especially those that depend on agriculture activities, are threatened by lack of foodstuffs.
“Grazing and water availability for livestock continue to be a problem in some parts of the country due to late and poor rainfall performance experienced since the beginning of the rainfall season,” she said.
It remains unclear how much money the government is going to need to mitigate the calamity.
According to Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, the drought relief interventions are going to cost N.dollars 573 million while a statement issued by the Agriculture Ministry shows that the government needs at least N.dollars 442 million for the same.
When broken down, for food assistance government needs N.dollars 90 million which will be sourced from the National Emergency Disaster Fund (NEDF).
For logistics and transportation for food provision, N.dollars 36 million will be sourced from the NEDF while N.dollars 3.8 million will have to be sourced from elsewhere.
Water tankers will cost N.dollars 10 million and will be provided for by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF).
Rehabilitation and installation of boreholes require N.dollars 11.4 million. MAWF will avail these funds.
Marketing incentives, lease of grazing and transport will need N.dollars 31.3 million of which N.dollars 26.3 million will come from NEDF and N.dollars 5 million calls on other stakeholders to come on board.
Lick supplements for the core herd will cost N.dollars 150 million. Half of this will come from NEDF while the other half, N.dollars 75 million, will have to come from other sources.
Fodder subsidy to the tune of N.dollars 52 million will be shared between NEDF and the Food and Agricultural Organisation whereas the shortfall needs to be provided for.
Certified seed production during the next cropping season will cost N.dollars 10 million. Government will foot the N.dollars 8 million bill while the remaining N.dollars 2 million will require other concerned parties to chip in.