Kharuxab urges farmers to farm more with goats

Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor said farmers should start breeding more with goats as goats survive on shrubs and have a high chance to survive in severe drought as the one the country is currently facing.

Elias Kharuxab made the mark at the third edition of the Berseba goat expo here on Saturday.

Breeding with drought-tolerant animals like goats which survive mainly on shrubs and need less manpower to tend is a better choice than high-maintenance cattle, he said.

He added that apart from the fact that goats can survive harsh environment goats are also high-volume breeders and have a good survival rate in drought prone areas.

The councillor said agriculture contributes around 5.1 per cent towards the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of which 70 per cent represents the output of livestock sub-sector.

However the was quick to say that over the years the agricultural sector's performance has been minimal as a result of low rainfall experienced which has led to drought that is estimated to lead to a contraction in both livestock and crop productions.

Despite the declining or small share contribution to GDP the sector remains the backbone of the economy and prosperity for many Namibians, Kharuxab noted.

Also speaking was special adviser to the Premier of the Northern Cape Province, Norman Shushu noted that the challenges that are faced by Namibia are the same as challenges in South Africa adding that it is important that the two countries work together in addressing those challenges and developing both economy.

We have the same problems such as poverty, inequality and the raising of unemployment among the youth and we should join together in order to grow our economies and ensure that we bring better life to our people and in all this agriculture plays an important role, he said.

Shushu was invited through the twinning agreement between ||Kharas regional council and the Northern Cape Provincial Government of the Republic of South Africa.

The expo which started on Friday and ended on Sunday featured horse racing, live music show by Kalux and it provide equal opportunities for small and medium business to showcase and sell their product and services.

Source: Namibia Press Agency