Otjozondjupa farmers to use Osire borehole for livestock

06 Jun 2019 13:40pm
OSIRE, 06 JUN (NAMPA) - Twenty farmers from the Otjozondjupa Region will make use of a borehole for their livestock at the Osire Refugee Settlement after the Office of the Otjozondjupa Governor agreed to have it repaired.
The farmers, from the Okakarara and Omatako constituencies, held a meeting with Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge at Osire on Wednesday, pleading with him to solicit funds to repair the broken borehole for their livestock.
The Osire Refugee Settlement is situated about 110 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo.
The farmers spoke to Nampa about how they have been affected by the drought, saying they fear their livestock might die as there is no grazing at Okakarara and Ovitoto.
They have resorted to letting their livestock graze along gravel roads in the region, wherever there is grass to be found.
Tobias Kambala from Ovitoto, about 180 kilometres south of Osire, said his 25 cattle are very lean and are in desperate need of grazing.
“At least this area has grass, but my challenge now is water for my livestock alongside the roads,” he said.
Kambala and his cattle herders have been in the area since the end of April.
Kambausuka Tjitavi, on his part, said if he can secure water for his 32 cattle in the area, they can survive until December.
“Water is the biggest concern. tThat’s why we want our governor to have mercy and assist us in repairing one of the boreholes at Osire, where our livestock can get water,” he said.
Ipinge told the farmers his office will buy a new pump and ask that technicians in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry repair the identified borehole at a cost of about N.dollars 20 000.
Osire Refugee Settlement Administrator, Sakeus Mbango, who also attended the meeting, said the farmers may draw water from the borehole, but are not allowed to associate with the refugees as it is not allowed.
Osire has 10 electric and 24 manual boreholes specifically meant to supply water to the refugees, Mbango said.