Omaheke donates cattle to Metsweding community

GOBABIS; The Omaheke Regional Council, through its Regional Specific Action Plan (RSAP) on Tuesday donated 45 heads of cattle to the Itireleng community at the Metsweding village.

The village is situated in the Omaheke Region’s Okorukambe Constituency.

The RSAP is a programme of the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development aimed at addressing poverty, unemployment and food security in Namibia’s rural areas by assisting community projects geared towards the same purpose.

The programme has since been decentralised, and is now managed and coordinated by the respective regional councils across the country.

Metsweding is located some 95 kilometres north-east of Gobabis, and is home to the Itireleng community of the BaTswana people.

The community were allocated the cattle after initial efforts to establish a fish-farming project in the area failed to get off the ground.

The fish farm was part of the larger aquaculture programme, which has also been decentralised to the regional councils for the same purpose of fighting poverty.

When the aquaculture project failed to materialise – mainly on technical grounds – in 2011, the Itireleng community were advised to seek an alternative project which would serve a similar purpose.

Following the official handing-over of the cattle, which was presided over by Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele and the Councillor for the Okorukambe Constituency Kilus Nguvauva, the cattle will be divided amongst the community of Metsweding.

The cattle, consisting of 43 cows and two bulls, will however still remain the property of the Omaheke Regional Council for a period of two years to allow for the smooth monitoring and evaluation of the progress of the donated cattle.

As such, while the cattle will be under the care of the community, they will not have full legal ownership to sell and trade them off until such period lapses.

Nguvauva said the donation is a demonstration of the Namibian Government’s commitment to alleviate poverty and improve food security amongst rural communities.

“Since independence in 1990, Namibia has adopted the concept of sustainable food security and nutrition as enshrined in the Namibian Constitution Article 95 (a) – (1), and evidenced by the many policies, laws and programmes currently in place.

It is, therefore, a clear testimony that the Namibian Government has committed itself to fight poverty and achieve food security in the country,” he stated.