President Geingob visits drought-stricken farmers in Otjozondjupa

President Hage Geingob on Friday morning visited two separate resettlement farms in the Otjiwarongo Constituency for him to see and have first hand information on the drought situation in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Geingob made the visits on Farm Ohambo situated about five kilometres outside Kalkfeld and Nevada north of Otjiwarongo before kicking off his one day town hall meeting he held with the residents of the region at Otjiwarongo.

Geingob was accompanied by several cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge on the two farms he visited.

The farming communities on the farms pleaded with him (Geingob) to assist in any way with animal fodder and rehabilitations of their boreholes allegedly drying out of underground water.

The devastated farmers claim to have lost half of their livestock due to no grazing and insufficient water for their livestock.

Rosalia Awaras, 64, on Farm Ohambo told the President through an interpreter that the drought has brought nightmares in her life as she does not know what to do with her lean livestock.

There is no grass at all on the farm, there is also a problem of insufficient underground water posing threats to us and our livestock, she said.

The 74-year-old Gerhard Ndivanga also resettled on the Farm Ohambao called on Geingob to act fast and assist his cattle, horses and donkeys with fodder.

Ndivanga said the farm has been allegedly dry since December 2018 as it did not rain properly for the grass to geminate or the underground water reservoirs charged.

I and my livestock can be described to have been in an intensive care unit since December last year, we are sick, but today when we have seen you, we are hopeful our illnesses will caused by this drought will disappear, he said.

The hopeless farmer (Ndivanga) then shown the president some of his learn cattle which were standing few metres from the delegation to see for himself how poor looking they are.

Resettled farmer on Nevada farm, Anna Kapukare, 69, also pleaded with Geingob to find a solution to her livestock's grazing headache and rehabilitation of a borehole which is allegedly running out of water on the farm.

Geingob was also shocked upon hearing that more than 7 700 livestock have died between October 2018 and March 2019 in the Otjozondjupa region due to the prevailing drought.

Governor Ipinge reported to him (Geingob) on Friday that a total of 4 736 cattle, 1 766 goats, 1 174 sheep, 18 donkeys and 29 horses have all died due to drought in the Okahandja, Omatako, Tsumkwe, Otjiwarongo and Okakarara constituencies.

Source: Namibia Press Agency