//Kharas engages on drought in the region

15 May 2019 19:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 15 MAY (NAMPA) – //Kharas Governor, Lucia Basson has urged farmers within her region to come together and hold hands to fight the severe drought situation the region and Namibia as a whole is facing.
Basson was speaking at a stakeholders meeting on drought held here on Wednesday by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) in which it shared information on who are to benefit from the drought programme.
“All of us must be involved. No one should be left out as climate change is a reality and we all need assistance. Let us give each other advice, assistance, even water so we all survive during this time,” she said.
The governor added that those who are in a better position or can sustain themselves should step aside and give way to those who really need the assistance and are unable to help themselves.
Information provided by the MAWF indicated that Government will assist farmers under the livestock marketing incentive scheme, transport livestock from and to grazing areas and with lick and feed subsidies.
Earlier this month, President Hage Geingob declared a state of emergency due to the drought and the MAWF indicted that the government will need at least N.dollars 442 million for drought relief interventions.
Speaking at the meeting Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor, Elias Kharuxab said the government should divide the funds as per the regions.
“We want the budget to be allocated per regions because we do not want to hear the funds are finished and we did not know how much it was that was given to this region,” he said.
Information provided by the MAWF indicated that the budget is for the whole country without specification as to the funds allocated per region.
The meeting was attended by close to 150 people.