Livestock Industry Gears Up for Shows

The Namibian livestock sector is gearing up for the fast approaching annual highlights on their calendars: the agricultural shows countrywide where they will showcase their very best small stock, cattle and poultry once again.

The Ongombe Agricultural and Industrial Show would be the first to take place this year after the Eastern Epukiro Farmers Association (EEFA) show which is opening today until Saturday in the village Omauezonjanda in the Epukiro Constituency in the Omaheke Region. The Ongombe show’s gates open on August 26. The show will last until August 29. (See full story elsewhere in this edition of Farmers Forum).

The Keetmanshoop’s Agricultural and Industrial Show will start on September 4 – 7, and the organisers are promising a bigger and better show than last year.

Next on the list is the Otjiwarongo Agricultural Show from September 11-13, followed by the Grootfonetin Agricultural and Industrial Show from September 17 -19 and the Gobabis Agricultutal Show from September 23- 25.

On September 27, all the action will move to the Windhoek Show Grounds for the annual highlight of the year when farmers from all regions will showcase their prized stock from other shows in the country at the Windhoek Agricultural and Industrial Show.

Organisers of all the above-mentioned shows Farmers Forum spoke to, say bigger and better agricultural shows will be on offer after Namibian farmers had to battle through one of the worst droughts in recent history last year. The message from all the organisers are that much better quality animals can be expected this year, and that farmers are in most cases in a better financial situation to go that extra mile and bring their animals to more than one of the agricultural shows.

Source : New Era