More people in need of drought relief in Oshana than expected

06 Aug 2019 10:20am
ONGWEDIVA, 06 AUG (NAMPA) - The number of people registering as beneficiaries for the drought relief programme in the Oshana Region exceed the estimates made by the government, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
The Premier made the remarks during President Hage Geingob’s Town Hall Meeting held at Ongwediva on Monday.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the first round of distribution which commenced in Oshana and which will end this month, has already registered 15 367 people as beneficiaries for the programme.
She therefore urged Namibians earning monthly incomes to emulate the example set by foreign donors and assist the drought relief programme by voluntarily offering a two per cent once-off contribution from their annual salaries.
Contributions to the programme by the business sector and international donors now stand at N.dollars 104 million.
This is in addition to the government’s estimated budget of N.dollars 570 million budgeted for the programme, which Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said might not be sufficient to benefit all drought-affected households and farmers.
“Political stability and peace are imperative prerequisite factors that guarantee economic growth and social wellbeing,” Oshana Governor Elia Irimari said while speaking at the start of the meeting.
Despite government continued support, Irimari appealed to the farmers to put in place and implement drought mitigation measures and join agricultural insurance schemes.
Hundreds of residents of the Oshana Region attended the meeting, which lasted for more than four hours.