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IREMA project delivers in Kunene

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The Improving Rangeland and Ecosystem Management (IREMA) project for smallholder farmers at Sesfontein, Fransfontein and Warmquelle in the Kunene Region has yielded positive responses.The five-year project (2019-2024) is funded by the Green Climate Fun…

The Improving Rangeland and Ecosystem Management (IREMA) project for smallholder farmers at Sesfontein, Fransfontein and Warmquelle in the Kunene Region has yielded positive responses.

The five-year project (2019-2024) is funded by the Green Climate Fund through the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia and is being implemented in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform.

The project was launched in 2019 to build the resilience of smallholder farmers to cope with the negative effects of climate change in the Kunene Region.

According to a statement availed to Nampa on Friday, in November 2020, the project through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform facilitated the handover of 425 goats to 20 vulnerable farmers, of which 12 were female.

Each farmer received 20 does and one buck, as well as a starter pack of remedies.

The handover also included drought relief fodder (grass, Lucerne and licks) to more than 2 500 farmers valued at N.dollars 1.2 million as part of the IREMA project’s interim intervention in supporting farmers to cope with the devastating and prolonged drought experienced in the region, read the statement.

To ensure that the goats were used for the intended revolving scheme purpose, a revolving agreement was signed by the ministry, IREMA and the beneficiaries with the intention of ensuring the sustainability of the intervention.

IREMA National Project Manager Mirjam Kaholongo was quoted in the statement as urging the beneficiaries to take good care of the goats and to abide by the conditions of the signed revolving agreement.

The IREMA Project plans to distribute a further 2 000 goats to vulnerable farmers in Kunene.

The project also promotes climate-resilient development through supporting adaptation interventions including sound rangeland management, rehabilitation of boreholes, rehabilitation of green schemes, provision of fuel-efficient stoves, supply and installation of drip irrigation systems, drought-resilient seeds at household level and development of an early warning system tailored for Kunene.

Source: Namibia Press Agency