27 Jun 2019 14:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 27 JUN (NAMPA) Assistance worth nearly N.dollars 80 000 has been given to farmers in Erongo since the implementation of the livestock marketing incentive scheme last month.
The scheme was launched after President Hage Geingob declared a state of emergency in Namibia as a result of the drought conditions being experienced by the country.
The incentives, which are given to farmers who intend to destock by selling their livestock due to the prevailing drought, include lease of grazing, transport to and from grazing, lick as well as fodder subsidy, according to the chairperson of the Erongo Regional Management Committee, Hafeni Ndemula.
While updating the media on the progress on drought interventions in the region recently, Ndemula said since the implementation of the livestock marketing incentive scheme, 20 claims worth N.dollars 64 400 have been processed and forwarded for payment.
Additionally, 13 farmers have applied for fodder subsidy valued at N.dollars 17 104. No applications have been received yet for transport to and from grazing areas, he said.
The beneficiaries were registered for fodder and lick subsidies as per the set criteria and vulnerable farmers were identified stakeholders in the various constituencies.
A list of the selected rural beneficiaries consisting of 250 farmers was compiled and submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, he added.
The first and second consignments of livestock fodder, consisting of 800 and 850 bags respectively, were received on 18 and 20 June and delivered to farmers at Uis.
Meanwhile, eight boreholes in the region are earmarked for cleaning and rehabilitation for the provision of water in drought-stricken areas.
Ndemula said the boreholes will be rehabilitated with funds from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
The N.dollars 3 million will also be used to install a further seven boreholes in the Daures Constituency.