17 Jul 2019 19:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 17 JUL (NAMPA) //Kharas Governor, Lucia Basson on Wednesday said the government has identified 15 boreholes in her region to be rehabilitated under the drought relief programme.
Speaking at the town hall meeting of the Office of the President held here, Basson said the procurement process will be done by the end of this week and rehabilitation will kick off soon.
There is a big problem with water in the region, especially in the communal land and we are thankful for the rehabilitation of these boreholes as it will address the issue of water, she said.
Basson further said 5 795 households have registered for the drought relief food programme in her region, an increase from the 4 147 reported during her State of the Region Address delivered in June.
She added that to date, 137 claims have been made by farmers under the marketing fodder subsidies with a combined total value of N.dollars 940 092.
The marketing and fodder subsidies are aimed at providing assistance to the farmers in light of the drought period.
Also speaking at the meeting, President Hage Geingob reiterated that the town hall meetings are not aimed at campaigning.
People might disagree on this but if people are engaging with one another, there will be harmony but when there is exclusivity, it brings conflict, he said.
The purpose of the countrywide town hall meetings is to directly engage with inhabitants of the various regions at grassroots level and listen to their concerns and challenges, in particular the drought situation, wellbeing and collectively seek solutions as well as provide feedback on the issues raised since the last meeting in October 2015.
Geingob was accompanied by other high ranking government officials including the vice president and prime minister.