05 Jun 2013 04:40
By Tjikunda Kulunga
OPUWO, 05 JUN (NAMPA) ? Farmers? associations in the Kunene Region have welcomed the opening of a FeedMaster branch here which supplies livestock fodder and supplements.
The branch was made possible by the Ondangwa Farmers? Market, and was officially opened here on Tuesday.
The chairperson of the Otjikambuti Farmers? Association, Jekura Kavari told Nampa on Wednesday that the opening of the shop was the right move at the right time when farmers are in urgent need of products such as animal feed and supplements, given the ongoing drought situation.
?I am very happy that the shop has opened, and we hope the prices would not skyrocket because the products are in demand, and that all kinds of stock would be available,? he noted.
Farmers in the northern Kunene Region used to get their animal feeds in Kamanjab, Outjo or from Otjiwarongo due to the shortage of supplies at the Agra Shop here.
With such shortcomings, farmers, through community activist Tjakazapi Mbunguha approached the owner of the Ondangwa Farmers? Market, Jannie Otto, to extend its services to Opuwo from Ondangwa, where the main branch is.
The Ovahimba Ritunda Famers? Association?s chairperson Muniehi Maundu also praised Otto for bringing products which farmers need during this difficult time.
Maundu, however, cautioned that prices should not deliberately be escalated due to the high demand.
?It is good that the shop is open, as it is directly benefiting farmers. However, the problem is that livestock prices in the market have dropped due to the animals? poor condition, which will make it a bit tough for farmers to afford feed for their livestock,? he added.
Maundu also called on farmers? associations and unions to work closely with the Ondangwa Farmers? Market as it is directly targeting farmers, and to make sure that farmers know how to use the fodder and supplements in order to improve the quality of their livestock.
On his part, Otto told this agency that he will provide training to farmers on the usage of the feed and supplements during Farmers? Days in the area.
He also plans to open another branch in the Okahao village in the Omusati Region in the near future as part of his contribution to assisting farmers to have the necessary fodder and supplements closer to them.
Otto?s other branch is in Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region.
Three employees have secured jobs at the branch in Opuwo, which is situated next to the Power Save supermarket.