NNFU donations for remedial and mitigation of drought

09 Jul 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) - Donations and funds received by Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) are used for remedial action against drought and to finance capital projects in order to mitigate through current and future drought occurrences.
This should be the way forward to get through the country’s state of emergency.
NNFU Chief Executive Officer, Mwilima Mushokobanji, said this when his union received N.dollars 400 000 from Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) here on Tuesday.
The Namibia Agricultural Union also received N.dollars 250 000, as well as N.dollars 100 000 to winter nights, which serve the homeless.
Mushokobanji explained that the funds will be invested in the union’s strategic intervention which focuses more on resilience for the current and future drought.
“We are focusing more on resilience and moving forward, in the future drought is not going to be an outbreak but it is going to be a trend,” he stressed.
Adaptation is the way forward to create resilience for a more profitable and sustainable agricultural sector for Namibia, the NNFU president stated.
Currently, communal farmers and rural dwellers, are living the harsh reality and it is extremely felt because production has declined, people cannot produce, sell their livestock, send their kids to school or have access to health services.
NAU President Ryno van der Merwe on his part said commercial farmers are struggling to survive through this drought and is yet to formulate a plan for the recovery back into full production mode.
He added the country as a whole is experiencing the drought because 70 per cent of Namibia’s livelihood is directly or indirectly depend on agriculture.
Furthermore, as of now the NAU’s initiative ‘Dare to Care’ disaster fund has provided 108 000 bags of fodder to commercial farmers in the areas of Opuwo, Oshivelo, Okakarara and Ondangwa.
Van der Merwe urged for more funds as the commercial farmers are in dire need of it.
President Hage Geingob declared drought as a national state of emergency in May this year.