Farmers can benefit from Govt schemes during drought

WINDHOEK: Farmers can benefit from two Government schemes if they sell their livestock before the animals become too lean due to the drought, the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry says.

In a media statement issued yesterday, Abraham Nehemia called on farmers who do not have enough grazing to sell their livestock to avoid serious financial losses.

He said that due to the prevailing drought which has severely affected most parts of the country this year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry would like to advise farmers who do not have enough grazing for their animals to sell their livestock while they are still in good condition in order to avoid serious losses as the effects of the drought continue.

Selling animals in a good condition would mean the farmers would get optimum prices for them.

Farmers can benefit from the livestock marketing incentive scheme, as well as the lease of grazing and transport subsidy scheme from the agriculture ministry.

In May 2013, President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a national emergency due to the widespread drought in Namibia.

SOURCE: Nampa