Ruacana Constituency still facing food shortages

RUACANA: Omusati regional councillor for the Ruacana Constituency, Abast Ipinge, says many households continue to face food shortage in his constituency.

Ipinge said this while speaking on the occasion of the official inauguration of the multi-purpose community centre at Ruacana Town by Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda recently.

The Ruacana community faces food shortage, following a minimal harvest it has been experiencing as a result of poor rains received in the constituency for the last two consecutive years.

The majority of the constituency’s households, Ipinge said, is currently depending on monthly distribution of drought relief food being supplied from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

“However, we have recently faced with a two-month backlog of the relief food supply by the OPM,” Ipinge told his audience, adding that distributions will continue once food is available.

The Ruacana constituency councillor has at the same time expressed concern that his constituency would face another food shortage situation because of receiving late rains this season.

Ipinge pointed out that no person has died of starvation and only some isolated cases of malnutrition amongst children were reported at health facilities in the constituency, despite continuous insufficient availability of food.

Ruacana Constituency is situated in the west of the Omusati Region on the border to Angola and the constituency is said to have more than 10 000 inhabitants.

(edited)RUACANA: Omusati Regional Councillor for the Ruacana Constituency, Abast Ipinge says many households continue to face food shortages in his constituency.

Ipinge said this while speaking at the official inauguration of the multi-purpose community centre at Ruacana.

The centre was inaugurated by Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda last Friday.

The Ruacana community faces food shortages following the minimal harvest it has been experiencing as a result of poor rains received in the constituency for the past two years.

Ipinge said the majority of the constituency’s households are currently depending on the monthly distribution of drought relief food by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

“However, we were recently faced with a two-month backlog of the drought relief food from the OPM,” he told his audience, adding that distribution will continue once food is available.

The Ruacana constituency councillor at the same time expressed concern that his constituency will face another food shortage situation because of the late rains received this season.

Ipinge pointed out that no one has died of starvation, and only some isolated cases of malnutrition amongst children were reported at health facilities in the constituency despite continuous insufficient availability of food.

The Ruacana Constituency is situated in the west of the Omusati Region, and is said to have more than 10 000 inhabitants.

SOURCE: NAMPA