Body conditions of livestock in ||Kharas and Hardap fair to poor: MAWLR

Executive Director (ED) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata has said that the body conditions of livestock in the ||Kharas and Hardap regions range from fair to poor.

In their Prospect, Food Security and Drought Situation report availed to Nampa on Friday, the ministry stated that livestock body condition is very poor around the Kalkrand area in the Hardap Region compared to the rest of the region.

“In the Omaheke Region, livestock is mostly in fair body condition in large stock and good to poor in small stock while in the Otjozondjupa Region, and in the southern areas where resettlement farmers are predominantly located, such as Versailles and Groot Aub, livestock conditions are fair in body conditions,” Nghituwamata said.

In the north-eastern regions, livestock body condition range between good to fair.

Meanwhile, in the same report, the ED stated that the overall water supply situation is a major concern in many areas of the country due to poor rainfall received for the season.

Nghituwamata stated that the water supply in the Otjozondjupa Region is fair with boreholes as the water source, however, boreholes are drying up and also need to be rehabilitated in areas such as Otjongombe, Okamboro and Okasuvandjiwo.

“In Erongo, the water situation remains critical especially for Utuseb, Omatjete, Otjimbingwe, Spitzkoppe and Uis areas, while in the Khomas Region, water is satisfactory with earth dams being the main sources,” she said.

She also said water availability in the Hardap and ||Kharas regions is fair. Still, areas such as Snyfontein and Warmbad in ||Kharas have salty water that is not fit for livestock and human consumption.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency