Oshana and Omusati regions receive grass from fishing company

02 Sep 2019 19:10pm
ONDANGWA, 02 SEP (NAMPA) – Seven-hundred bales of grass have been donated to drought-stricken farmers in the Oshana and Omusati regions by Sinco Fishing Company.
Governor of the Oshana Region, Elia Irimari received the grass worth N.dollars 116 000 from one of the directors of the company, Dr David Iileka, at Ondangwa on Monday.
He said Oshana and Omusati are the regions most affected by the drought in northern Namibia.
He noted that the two regions are severely affected and said many farmers in the regions are forced to abandon their farms in search of better grazing and water for their livestock elsewhere.
“Our communities here and the livestock in particular, are hit severely if not wiped out due to the drought,” said Iileka.
He said the donation is his company’s response to the nation’s outcry and the government’s call for companies and individuals to contribute to the drought relief programme.
“We trust the donation will help those badly affected and without means to survive,” he stated.
Accepting the donation, Irimari said Namibia and other countries in the Southern African Development Community are affected by hydrological drought, which occurs when low water supply becomes evident especially in streams, reservoirs, and groundwater levels, usually after many months of meteorological drought.
He singled out Okatyali, Uukwiyuushona and Uuvudhiya as the constituencies in his region with better grazing in some areas, but which also face water shortages or have salty water.
“The fodder donated will be distributed to those affected without delay,” said the governor.