More than 60 000 livestock have succumbed to famine this year

More than 60 000 livestock have succumbed to famine this year, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb has said.

!Naruseb announced the figure during a consultative meeting Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila had with regional governors and chief regional officers here on Wednesday.

Without mentioning the exact numbers of livestock that have perished per region, the minister said the Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Erongo and //Kharas regions recorded the highest number of livestock lost due to the current drought.

Addressing the meeting, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said so far N.dollars 131 million has been spent on drought relief expenses, with N.dollars 16.6 million spent on fodder for livestock.

She said of the N.dollars 595.2 million earmarked for the drought relief programme, N.dollars 112 million in total will be spent on fodder.

The state of emergency declared for the drought was set to lapse on 05 October 2019, but Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Wednesday said she would table a motivation in the National Assembly to have it extended by six months.

Source: Namibia Press Agency