MCA-Nam facilitated 74 water points countrywide

WINDHOEK: The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Namibia handed over 74 water points to Namibian communities in eight regions over three years, the MCA-Namibia Director of Agriculture announced here on Thursday.

Helmke Sartorius von Bach revealed this during the launch of a 35-page report titled “Community-based Rangeland and Livestock Management (CBRLM) sub-activity: Water Infrastructure provided in CBRLM grazing areas”.

MCA-Namibia spent about N.dollars 27 million to drill new boreholes, upgrade waterpoint installations and pipelines, construct dams as well as install solar and diesel pumps over the past three years.

The beneficiary communities are from the Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango West, Kavango East and Otjozondjupa regions.

Among the 74 water points, 39 are new, while the rest were existing water points which were upgraded.

Von Bach said the livestock watering points now allow 400 cattle to drink within an hour. Also, 1 290 livestock-owning households have benefitted, with a total of 28 100 cattle and 22 700 small livestock.

The report presents various aspects of water development undertaken in the northern communal areas (NCAs) of Namibia in order to establish or improve existing water delivery for livestock to enable rangeland management to improve.

This document includes background of the CBRLM sub-activities, the current water situation, procurement, environmental issues, infrastructure provided and various appendices such as technical data related to the infrastructure provided.

The United States of America-based MCA came to Namibia on 10 September 2009, and will wrap up its activities on 05 September this year.

In the agricultural sector alone, MCA-Namibia spent US$ 53 million (approximately N.dollars 567 million) over the past five years.

SOURCE: NAMPA

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