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Namibia: Working Groups for the Rangeland Policy

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THE National Rangeland Policy is in its second year of implementation with focus on the national audit as well as the development of incentives which will ensure the sustainable use of rangelands.According to the Namibia Agricultural Union newsletter, …

THE National Rangeland Policy is in its second year of implementation with focus on the national audit as well as the development of incentives which will ensure the sustainable use of rangelands.

According to the Namibia Agricultural Union newsletter, another important action which will ensure the long term implementation of the policy is the establishment of working groups which will focus on the different components of the national agricultural environment.

Working groups will be established for respectively the emerging, commercial, communal farmers and nature parks. On its part, the commercial working group will be separated into a game farm and cattle farm component.

The emerging farmers have established their working group that will be under the chairmanship of the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers Union (Necfu). The most critical factors for the recovering of rangeland on resettlement and farms of emerging farmers were identified with good cooperation and support of the extension departments of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Game farmers also discussed actions needed to ensure rangeland recovery on fenced-in game farms. The two biggest challenges which have to be addressed are: the management of game numbers and herd composition; and the limitation of constant grazing.

The importance of bush thinning on a sustainable way must not be underestimated.

The work group for commercial livestock farmers (sheep and cattle) will be established this month to develop real actions which will bring about a sustainable difference to rangeland conditions.

Source: The Namibian.