Comprehensive relief food distribution needed for drought: Endjala

13 Aug 2019 16:40pm
OUTAPI, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – The drought situation in the Omusati Region due to its severity requires an urgent consideration for comprehensive relief food distribution in order to mitigate its impact on the community’s livelihoods.
This was said by Omusati Governor, Erginus Endjala during President Hage Geingob’s Town Hall Meeting at Outapi here on Tuesday, where the region registered 33 930 drought-affected households to benefit from the drought relief programme.
Out of the 33 930 registered households, he said, only 2 898 have benefited from the programme during June and July.
“This is a population of 16 339 beneficiaries and most of the affected groups are women, children, pensioners and child-headed households,” Endjala said.
The Office of Prime Minister (OPM) has availed two trucks and a water tanker from the Namibian Defence Force to supply water to the needy communities while the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) in June this year made available 1 450 bales of free feed to assist poor farmers.
A total of 133 farmers benefited from the initiative, Endjala told the meeting, highlighting that 120 subsidy claims, worth N.dollars 55 480, were submitted for payment.
The MAWF in collaboration with OPM availed N.dollars 1 million to the region for the installation of three boreholes and for cleaning and pumping seven test boreholes, rehabilitate eight hand pumps and purchase materials for a 56km pipeline.
He also pointed out that NamWater pumped water from Calueque in southern Angola into the Etaka-Uuvudhiya Canal, to the relief of cattle owners in the Omusati and Oshana regions.
While acknowledging the increasing number of would-be drought relief programme beneficiaries countrywide, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila at the same meeting called on employed Namibian individuals to come forth and contribute two per cent from their income to the programme, as the government’s budget for the programme is faced with a deficit.
Some N.dollars 104 million has thus far been contributed to the programme.
Geingob will proceed to his second last town hall meeting in Khorixas in the Kunene Region on Wednesday with the final one scheduled for Windhoek in the Khomas Region on Thursday.