Ongwediva - The Omusati Regional Council in collaboration with the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project will host a two-day conference on water, food security and adaptation to climate change.
The conference takes place tomorrow and Thursday to bring stakeholders together to deliberate on challenges faced by the region as a result of climate change. It also further seeks dialogue on solutions that can address these challenges.
Windhoek-Japan has given a grant of US$800 000 (approximately N$9.5 million) to the government of Namibia to help address the health needs of the most vulnerable citizens in the seven northern regions affected by recurrent drought and floods.
Windhoek-Due to heavy flooding experienced in the Zambezi, many schools in the Kabbe flood-prone areas have been cut off – leaving learners and teachers exposed to harsh conditions, as they have to cross streams using dugout canoes risking their lives from crocodiles lurking under the water.
Such an undertaking can be very risky due to dangerous animals such as crocodiles and snakes that come with these floods.
Windhoek - Agra Provison and the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Development have started highly informative courses this week to assist farmers in the basic principles of farm management and the basics of profitable cattle production, which can make a difference between failure and success.
Namibian livestock farmers are expected to attend in their droves, most of them having suffered tremendous losses in animal numbers and financially due to consecutive droughts since 2013.
Following the twin outbreak of cholera and hepatitis E in Windhoek, the Ongwediva Town Council plans to embark on an awareness campaign on Valentine’s Day, which is today.
The first hepatitis E case hit the country in October, while cholera surfaced at the end of January.
Public relations officer at the Ministry of Health and Social Services Manga Libita said only one case of cholera was detected in a 10-year-old boy, but further cases have not surfaced.
She said the boy is doing fine and has since returned to school.
Ongwediva-The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has warned that the country is likely to experience a second armyworm outbreak in a row, following last year’s one.
“According to the data that was collected from pheromone traps on the number of Fall Armyworm (FAW) moths, the data shows that FAW is still around and as soon as the host plants are available the moths will start producing egg masses on the plant leaves,” said the PS of agriculture, water and forestry, Percy Misika.
Windhoek-Southern Africa is still battling to recover from the 2015/16/ El Niño-induced drought, which by last year had affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
Windhoek-As livestock and crop farmers across Namibia fear another drought, the prospects for rain this week has improved, while the continuation of seasonal rainfall during February will be critical to crop development and production.
According to the UN’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network Report, a weakening of the suppressed convective weather pattern, and a return towards a more seasonably rainfall distribution throughout much of Southern Africa in early February could translate into widespread moderate to locally heavy precipitation over several anomalous dry regions.
The ministry of health has confirmed that there is an outbreak of cholera in Katutura. The outbreak is hot on the heels of the hepatitis E outbreak that has thus far infected hundreds of people and killed two. According to the ministry, the cholera outbreak was registered at a school in Katutura where a 10-year old got ill after sharing a sausage with three other pupils. The other three pupils were reportedly also ill. “As one confirmed cholera case constitute an outbreak, [there is] need to put response measures in place,” says the health ministry this morning.
Windhoek - The Dordabis Farmers’ Association and Namibian Agricultural Union’s (NAU) project to assist farmers in the south of the country during the drought instituted last year, is likely to be extended this year in view of the weak rain prospects.
The effort is aimed at helping farmers feed their core herds to enable them to continue farming; especially communal and resettlement farmers in drought-stricken areas. Drought-stricken farmers in the Warmbad and Bethanie areas have hailed the initiative.
Windhoek-The government has thus far spent N$4.7 million to control the hepatitis E outbreak, which has affected mainly the informal settlements of Windhoek since October 2017. This translates into a nearly N$1.5 million spending per month since the outbreak in the informal settlements of Havana, Goreangab, Hakahana, Greenwell Matongo, Ombili and the broader Katutura.
Two people have died from the hepatitis E virus, both pregnant women, who succumbed to hepatitis E complications after giving birth.
Ongwediva-Good rains are expected over Southern Africa as from the beginning of February as the disruptive tropical cyclone, Ava, finally clears up from the Mozambican coast.
Initially weather forecasters had predicted normal to above normal rainfall for Namibia and other countries in the SADC region between January and March 2018.
Two foreign nationals were on Tuesday found wandering around Oranjemund’s protected diamond area after they were allegedly dumped at sea and left for dead by a Chinese ship.
It is alleged that the two men, Mensah Ebenezer, 30, a Ghanaian national and Degni N’dri Rolano, 28, from Ivory Coast, were trying to make their way to Europe in search of greener pastures when things went wrong, as they were dumped at the sea and left for dead, forcing them to swim to a nearby shore.
Windhoek-Resettlement farmers must realise that climate change is a reality and must thus adopt smart agricultural practices including diversifying their farming enterprises.
This appeal was made by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, at a Resettlement Farmers Day here on Friday.
He said keeping farm records is important and urged farmers to keep such for all purposes in helping them monitor the progress of their farming businesses.
Ongwediva-The prolonged drought at Uuvudhiya in Oshana Region could soon be over, as the area continues to have sufficient grazing land and water for livestock since the last rainy season.
Uuvudhiya has over the last couple of years become a popular grazing destination for farmers from Oshana and nearby regions.
However, due to the influx of livestock, the area ran short of grazing space and water, leaving thousands of livestock to die of hunger and thirst.
Windhoek-There were 7 388 refugees and asylum seekers residing in Namibia – with an estimated 3 400 reported to have since disappeared – leaving 3 988 accounted for by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.
Osire Refugee Settlement once housed more than 20 000 refugees and asylum seekers, but that number fell to less than 4 000 since 2014 after government repatriated all the Angolan nationals back to their country.
Keetmanshoop-Selling off some of their livestock is the best possible solution for farmers in the drought stricken Warmbad area, which reportedly received between 3 and 10 millimetres of rain last season.
Windhoek-Namibians can breathe a collective sigh of relief following major local commercial millers’ guarantee that the situation is under control as there are no major problems experienced so far in importing cereals in Namibia.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry says key local millers have assured the nation that there will be no major price increase in the next few months, except in the event of significant weakening of the South African Rand (to which the Namibian dollar is pegged) against the US dollar.
Windhoek-The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) received a N$7.2 million grant from the European Union and the Spanish Red Cross (SRC) to promote renewable energy for climate change mitigation in Namibia.
The NRCS and SRC will be working on a project titled ‘Promoting renewable energy for climate change mitigation initiatives in Namibia.’
The main objective is to promote the use of renewable forms of energy and energy efficient technologies in ten selected rural communities in Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions.
By Kuzeeko Tjitemisa
Windhoek-The Directorate of Immigration and Border Control deported 2 600 prohibited immigrants in 2016, Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana announced last week.
Motivating her ministry’s budget in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Iivula-Ithana said the 2016/2017 financial year is expected to launch a new border control management system and will spend resources on change management functional training.