Erongo communal farmers to breed Swakara

Communal farmers in Erongo Region will join the southern trend of farming with Swakara (Karakul sheep), Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua announced on Thursday.

Karakul is a breed black, white and grey sheep which originated from Asia and have been bred in the southern regions of Karas and Hardap for their lucrative wool and pelt.

Updating the media about the progress of development projects under his office, Mutjavikua said about 800 ewes and rams will be given to communal farmers next month.

Mutjavikua noted that an amount of approximately N.dollars 850 000 was availed by the Navachab Gold Mine near Karibib to buy the animals.

“We decided to also farm with Swakara as our temperature and environment in the areas of Karibib, Omaruru and Usakos is the same as in the Karas Region,” he told the media.

He said further details on the project will be availed at the handover ceremony in Karibib on 19 November.

Other projects he highlighted are the beautification of Uis settlement, where 80 houses will be painted and receive pre renovations.

This project will start on the 04 November 2015 and is made possible by the Namsov Fishing Enterprises and other partners.

In Tubusis village, the Tubusis Primary School will receive flush toilets when two water tanks will be put up to supply water to such facilities.

The work on this project is expected to start by 10 November 2015.

On the 13 of the same month, Shack Dwellers Federation members in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay will receive brick making equipment from the Turkish Embassy in Namibia to start making own bricks and construct their houses.

“We came up with this initiative to accelerate housing provision in our towns. So instead of people doing unproductive things like drinking on weekends, they can get together and make bricks for their houses,” said the governor.

SOURCE: THE NAMIBIA PRESS AGENCY