Namibia to face worst drought in years

Namibia faces worst drought in years
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The agriculture sector predicts a severe drought across the country this year, compared to previous years.
In a weekly bulletin, the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) said the severity of the 2019 drought is worse, due to the little rainfall received across the country so far.
Since 2013, most parts of Namibia recorded below normal rainfall, thereby leaving the grazing land exhausted and with little recovery.
The Foot-and-Mouth outbreak in South Africa further worsened the situation, which has left the prices of sheep and weaners dropping, with about 30 per cent, compared to last December.
The NAU stressed that price stability for slaughtering animals on the local market is critical for the next three months to allow producers take decisions about slaughtering animals.
It, however, warned farmers to prepare for what it calls, a "perfect storm" of reducing some livestock from the veld at a much lower prices.
At a joint meeting held recently between the NAU and the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers Union, the two unions called for an urgent meeting with the Agriculture, Water and Forestry Ministry, to discuss the drought situation in the country.
The two unions drafted a joint drought action plan, calling for livestock reduction, financial assistance to the sector and subsidies.
They described the situation as a national crisis, urging all role players to find a solution.