Ohangwena faces influx of livestock due to drought

10 Jul 2019 10:00am
EENHANA, 10 JUL (NAMPA) – The Ohangwena Region has been faced with severe influx of farmers from its neighbouring regions in search of grazing for their livestock as a result of the persistent drought situation.
Governor of the Ohangwena Region, Usko Nghaamwa said this in his 2019 State of the Region Address (SORA) delivered on his behalf at Eenhana on Tuesday.
According to Nghaamwa, the eastern part of the region is the most affected.
He stated that the growing population of livestock has put more pressure on available water resources.
“In order to overcome these challenges, the government through the Office of the Prime Minister availed N.dollars 3 million towards the installation and rehabilitation of 15 boreholes in the Okongo, Oshikunde, Omundaungilo and Epembe constituencies,” Nghaamwa cited.
The governor also pointed out that through the implementation and monitoring of the Dry Land Crop Production Programme under the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, 324 farmers benefited from the use of subsidised fertilisers, while 2 667 benefited from subsidised seeds.
He went on to say a total of 4 039 hectares were ploughed in the region during the period under review (2018/19), aiding 2 867 farmers, while 133 hectares were weeded, serving 70 farmers and creating 285 temporary jobs in the process.
Nghaamwa stressed that resources, whether it is natural, human or financial, are always in limited supply, but he advised residents of the region to change the implementation strategies and learn to live within their means.
“We should strive to do more with less as this is what the prevailing situation calls for,” said Nghaamwa.