Neudamm college holds drought mitigation workshop

The Neudamm Agricultural College hold a one day workshop on farm management and drought mitigation at its experimental farm on Thursday.

Farmers from various parts of the country and Neudamm Students from the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resource attended the farmers day.

Vimanuka Mutjavikua, the event initiator and a lecturer in the Veterinarian Department told Nampa the day themed 'Farm management and Drought Mitigation Strategies' provided farmers with presentations and demonstrations on various farming technics and traits experts in the field.

Amongst others, we are giving our farmers information on farm record management, administration of vaccines and drugs, deworming and drought mitigation strategies, Mutjavikua said.

He added that farmers despite drought, faces many challenges in the industry and for example need to know that there are 200 deworming products and don't use them probably.

Farmers need to know methods on how to deworm their livestock with vaccines that are used to kill insects external and internal, explained the lecturer.

On her part, Inge Kangootui said that she learned many things but topics of farm management, when and how to vaccination her animals were more enlightening to her.

Eliphas Junias, a final year student in Veterinary Medicine at the college said that he learned the importance of cold chain when it comes to vaccine transportation and storage.

I also learned about different vaccines used in Namibia, the compulsory one and the precautionary measures when administering vaccines, Junias added.

Elia Kaambo from farm Cameron in Omaheke region said that the workshop was informative and he focus was on mixing livestock feeds.

Surprisingly, a cement and charcoal can be added as a mixture in animal feed and even use to treat livestock with stomach ache, Kaambo emphasised.

Kaunambili Hinamunhu who farm in Grootfontein area said she learned a lot, especially on the medication administration.

The injection part was new to me, now I know when to inject in the muscles and under the skin. Even the topic on record-keeping was important as it will help me to keep track of expenses and other information as well, explained Hinamunhu.

Source: Namibia Press Agency