State of grazing critical

A comprehensive inter-agency Emergency Food Security Assessment conducted throughout the country revealed that poor grazing conditions are threatening the entire national livestock herd as drought conditions worsen.
The assessment was read by President Hifikepunye Pohamba who stated that a considerable number of large and small stock have already died as a result of the drought and in most cases, Pohamba said the condition of livestock is already poor. According to the President, there is an urgent need to sell some livestock in order to prevent further losses. He said consideration should also be given for the culling of game by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to prevent further loss of animals due to drought.
Namibia has been badly affected by drought due to poor rainfall after the first week of December last year. Unlike the floods, the drought situation is affecting the whole country. “My government is concerned about the destructive impact of the drought because by its nature, it is affecting both humans and livestock.