Over 800 farmers in Otjozondjupa applied for gov's drought incentive

12 Sep 2019 18:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 12 AUG (NAMPA) - More than 800 farmers in the Otjozondjupa Region have so far submitted claims for financial assistance from the government’s livestock marketing incentive programme, introduced in May this year.
The incentive is aimed at encouraging farmers to sell off their small and large stock with a plan to minimise pressure on grazing by reducing a number of livestock.
Since 01 May, farmers started applying for the drought-relief incentive at the agricultural extension district offices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) in Tsumkwe, Grootfontein, Okahandja, Okakarara and Otjiwarongo, which verify the claims before they are handed over to the Office of the Prime Minister for payment.
MAWF’s Agricultural Scientific Officer at Otjiwarongo Sidney Gaeseb in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said a total of 803 livestock communal and commercial farmers have so far sold their livestock and submitted claim forms for government to pay them.
The 803 claim forms is for 9 181 large stock and 843 for small stock sold, with N.dollars 400 paid by government to a farmer on each large stock sold, and N.dollars 80 each for small stock.
“This is to say that more than N.dollars 3,7 million is or have been already paid to the successful farmers on these 9 181 large stock and 834 small stock sold,” he said.
Government is also subsidising farmers who purchase fodder bags for their livestock, transport their livestock from a poor grazing to better areas, and those leasing out their farms for grazing to farmers who need them.
Gaeseb said these incentive programmes will run until the country recovers from the drought.