Agra Provision Continues Information Campaigns

Agra ProVision continues with its campaign to impart knowledge to different stakeholders in the Agricultural sector this Friday in Grootfontein at Pondoki Rest Camp under the theme “Don’t loose your heads.”

This after its hugely successful series of farmers days in the Northern Communal Areas (NACs) recently where the importance of winter supplementation was discussed. The event will discuss and aice the participants on diplodia headrot predominately found in maize. Participants will also learn about sustainable agricultural practices. Agra ProVision embarked on a trip to inform producers in the NCAs about feed supplementation for the winter season two weeks ago. The events were hosted under the theme “Winter in the NCA, no problem!” The producers, mainly livestock farmers attended the farmers’ days in large numbers. The days addressed important topics, with the introduction being, “Why do we feed animals?” followed by “the Feedmaster supplementation programme,” explaining the lick products, and concluded with “the nutritional deficiencies of that lead to animal health risks.” Agra ProVision partnered with Feedmaster to host the events.

The farmers’ days where hosted in three regions respectively from Kavango East to Oshikoto and Omusati Region. In Kavango East, the farmers’ day was hosted in Rundu and was officiated by Dr Samuel Mbambo, Governor of Kavango East Region. In his opening remarks, he applauded Agra ProVision and its partners for bringing vital information, i.e. to educate livestock producers, to the region. He also encouraged the participants to start supplementing with nutrients, as he said, “Some farmers are reluctant to use the licks as prescribed due to the high initial costs. However, farmers should note that although an immediate response is not always visible with licks, aantages are only recognized later. Farmers who invest in lick supplements get re-paid by higher production and fertility of their livestock.”

“It is good to note that licks are only used to supplement the most limiting nutrients. It is thus important to keep the animals on the pasture and not to substitute pasture with the lick. Licks directly supplement minerals, protein and energy to animals, to improve digestibility, and thus increase the ability of the animal to convert food to energy,” says Erastus Ngaruka, Junior Technical Aisor for Animal Production. The clear messages from the Technical Aisors were translated in Oshiwambo, which the participants found easy to reflect on their situations. The headmen of Onghumbula and Okahao respectively welcomed this innovative approach in which relevant information was delivered to the communities.

Twaku Kayofa, Communication and Public Relations officer of Agra ProVision is very pleased with the attendance and participation of the farmers in the NCA. “All the farmers’ days attracted more than 300 participants in total, which is a clear indication that producers in the NCA are eager to learn about sustainable production methods.” More information can be obtained from Twaku Kayofa at 061 – 290 9364 or HYPERLINK “mailto:twakuk@agra.com.na” twakuk@agra.com.na

Source : New Era