Farmers in Erongo lose cattle worth 15-million dollars to drought

Farmers in the Erongo region lost cattle worth 15-million dollars to  drought
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New Era Newspaper Namibia

Farmers in the Erongo region have lost cattle worth 15-million dollars to drought and the Regional Council is looking for aid to help them overcome their losses. Rossing Uranium, Erongo Red and Bannerman Resources at Swakopmund donated a combined amount of 165 000 dollars on Wednesday to help relieve their plight. The drought has ravaged parts of the region, especially the Daures Constituency. Farmers such as Ben Upi from Omatjete, are left with no choice, but to travel long distances in search of grass and water along corridors in the Kunene and Otjozondjupa regions. Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua says the farmers will be moved to areas of Otjinene in the Omaheke region, where better grazing is available. Mutjavikua commended some institutions and commercial farmers who have been sharing their water and grasslands, as well as donating funds for the Regional Council to buy fodder for livestock. An additional 1,3 million dollars was earlier donated by the Regional Council to buy fodder for the suffering animals, but Mutjavikua said this was not a sustainable solution. Farmers appealed to the Government to avail one communal farm to them to ease the negative impact of the drought.