Drought relief beneficiaries want government transport for fodder

Despite various efforts by the government to assist livestock farmers with animal fodder as part of drought relief assistance, some farmers in Kunene region reportedly do not have the means to collect fodder from constituency offices, famers told Nampa on Friday here.

Although the government is trying its best to fight the ongoing drought, beneficiaries say that they want the state to offer transport to load off fodder at their respective farms.

I am farming about 100 km away from the town where I am collecting the drought relief assistance for animals but I do not have transport. My donkies and horses are no longer reliable because of the drought situation. If I happened to use them to go and collect the fodder. I am sure by the time we arrive they will be dead. They do not have the energy, said Alfred /Huseb a livestock farmer in the region.

He added that it would be an advantage for the farmers if the government offers vehicle to load off fodder at farms of livestock farms that do not own vehicles.

Another farmers that is based in the Doro !Nawas conservancy, Wilhelmina !Haoes said that she pays her neighbor to collect her fodder.

I pay cash to my neighbor and sometimes if I do not have cash, I pay my neighbor grass from some of the fodder I get from the program. I am happy with the government's efforts to assist us with animal fodder but the challenge is still collecting the footer by my own. I do not have means to travel to Khorixas by my won to collect the animal fodder.

I am not the only one my neighbor is helping to bring the fodder home. We are about for people that rely o our neighbor to bring us the fodder home and we all are paying him for transport, she said.

The region is one of the regions that is hardest hit by the ongoing drought.

Jesaja Uri-Khob farming at Vaal-Grass said that he is willing to collect fodder with his donkies card but afraid that the donkies might die due to the distance he has to travel.

I cannot use the horses to collect the fodder because they are very thin and could easily die. The drought has hit us hard, he fumed.

Source: Namibia Press Agency