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18 Dec 2007 description
report New Era

By Wezi Tjaronda

WINDHOEK Some households in crop producing areas are depending on the market for food and social grants for orphans and pensioners due to dwindling food reserves.

Following poor harvests in the 2006/7 season, most parts of the Kavango Region face acute food shortages.

Although the hardest hit are the Kahenge Constituency in the Kavango Region and Olukonda in the Oshikoto Region, communities such as Mundaungilo, Endola, Ondangwa, Onyanya and Onayena are also affected as food stocks are severely depleted. Communities are resorting to the market to buy food.

14 Dec 2007 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

Farmers in the northern parts of the country fear that they might not be able to plough their fields on time, as most animals in the area are too weak to pull the ploughs due to drought.

08 Nov 2007 description
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By Anna Shilongo

OSIRE Times have changed for the better for refugees at Osire. Osire is now a peaceful place, unlike in the past when refugees complained about food rations and their general wellbeing.

The sprawling settlement along a gravel road in the middle of farmlands around the Okahandja-Otjiwarongo area is home to close to 8 000 African refugees.

The camp is built with brick and mud houses with many still under construction.

18 Oct 2007 description
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By Wezi Tjaronda

Opuwo - Drought is worsening in the Kunene Region, with the area becoming drier than it was in March when signs of a serious drought were first noticed and farmers are losing cattle on a daily basis.

Some farmers who tried to rescue their livestock by moving them to areas in the Omusati Region have lost up to 20 cattle because the animals were already weak.

The Omakange area alone, which is more than 60 km away from Opuwo town, is accommodating over 3 000 cattle from Kunene north, which is the hardest hit in the region.

17 Aug 2007 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

WINDHOEK - The relocation of thousands of villagers in the Caprivi Region, who were displaced by floods a few months ago, is expected to start today.

The Acting Director of the Directorate Emergency Management in the Office of the Prime Minister, Gabriel Kangowa, told New Era yesterday that the transportation of flood victims from temporary camps to their permanent dwellings starts today at 06h00.

He said 145 people would be picked up from camps pitched up at Lusese A and Lusese B and Kabbe through the Wenela Border Post via Mwandi in Zambia back to …

13 Jun 2007 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

WINDHOEK - The current crop and food situation for 2006/7 does not warrant declaring a "drought disaster" despite poor yields, says a report.

The Namibia Early Warning and Food Information Unit (NEWFIU) Report released last Friday by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry says although the past year's rainy season was generally dry, most of the affected areas do not require emergency food assistance for drought-affected villagers.

08 Jun 2007 description
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By Wezi Tjaronda

WINDHOEK

Worsening drought in the Kunene Region has forced some farmers to drive out thousands of their cattle to other regions in search of grazing.

About 200 000 livestock alone in Kunene north, where the situation is critical, are at risk of starvation, according to Kunene Regional Governor, Dudu Murorua. He said between 1 000 and 2 000 cattle were already grazing in villages of the Omusati Region.

19 Mar 2007 description
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By Surihe Gaomas

NKURENKURU - The rapidly rising water level of the Kavango River is threatening lives and property, particularly the inhabitants of the floodplains where there is a substantial population.

Due to the rapidly increasing river level, many villagers along the floodplain areas of the Kavango Region were forced to leave their homesteads.

14 Mar 2007 description
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By Kuvee Kangueehi

WINDHOEK

President Hifikepunye Pohamba informed Cabinet yesterday that government has started with the evacuation process of Caprivi residents who have been affected by floods.

Pohamba, who visited the flood areas last week, said more than 600 people have been evacuated and have moved to higher ground so far.

02 Mar 2007 description
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By Chrispin Inambao

WINDHOEK - Floods in the Zambezi River yesterday rose to an unprecedented 7.18 metres from the 7.09 metres gauged two days ago, while on a more sombre note the list of flood victims inceased to six after a speedboat evacuating teachers and pupils capsized.

The incident, in which Simpule Simana (10), a niece of Vincent Simana who measures the water level in the Zambezi River, and Namasiku Mubita (9) are presumed to have drowned, occurred at around 14h00 on Tuesday when a speedboat evacuating them capsized.

The boat transporting teachers and pupils from Nankuntwe …

01 Mar 2007 description
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By Chrispin Inambao

KATIMA MULILO - Erratic rainfall and floods that have swamped crop fields in the Caprivi Region would culminate in a poor maize harvest of 2 000 tonnes or merely a third of the marketable grain from the current season compared to the norm of 6 000 tonnes.

This year's harvest could be as little as a mere one thousand tonnes when during good rainfall the grain yield could even be as much as 7 000 tonnes usually sold to millers.

28 Feb 2007 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

WINDHOEK - Fickle rain patterns this season might result in the country facing severe drought, an economist in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has warned.

Lesley Losper, who recently returned from a field trip where crop assessments were done, yesterday told New Era that the situation as it stands is worrisome.

The major concern with regard to this agriculture season is the prevailing dry conditions in especially the northern parts of the country.

22 Feb 2007 description
report New Era

By Petronella Sibeene

22 Feb 2007 description
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By Chrispin Inambao
KATIMA MULILO

What is expected to be the worst flooding in recent memory has already stranded hundreds of plain-dwellers and their livestock, while dozens of huts are swamped in the floodplain stretching from Lisikili to Itomba in the flood-prone area of the Caprivi Region.

21 Feb 2007 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

WINDHOEK - Current flooding in the Caprivi Region poses a threat to the existing fish farms developed to enhance food security and reduce unemployment among the rural communities.

19 Feb 2007 description
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By Petronella Sibeene

WINDHOEK - Although flooding in Caprivi has not yet reached a critical stage, the Regional Governor Bernard Sibalatani has called on residents in affected areas to start moving to higher ground.

The governor, who visited some villages along the Zambezi River last Friday, told New Era yesterday that villages are surrounded by water although the situation has not yet reached a stage where the residents will need emergency evacuation.

Despite that, he called on people in flooded areas to start moving to higher ground.

15 Feb 2007 description
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By Wezi Tjaronda

WINDHOEK - Cattle farmers in some parts of the Kunene Region area are appealing for government assistance in the wake of a drought that has hit the area.

The Ngatuuane Farmers' Union, traditional councillors and extension workers say farmers need urgent relief cattle feed to prevent their animals from starving. Farmers say not much rain has fallen in the area, which has resulted in a shortage of grazing.

26 Jan 2007 description
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By William J. Mbangula

Oshakati - Harvest prospects in the North this year are too difficult to tell at the moment because the rain pattern in various regions is not the same.

This is the view of the Acting Director of Extension and Engineering Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) Lucas Nantanga. In an interview with New Era, Nantanga noted that indications so far are that the rain pattern is too difficult to predict given the fact that the rainfall received in various parts of the North is not consistent.

11 Jan 2007 description
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By Surihe Gaomas

WINDHOEK - Yesterday was unbearably hot for many people in the south, especially for farmers as temperatures climbed to 40 degrees Celsius, stirring worry over their livestock.

There is concern that with the current heat wave in the south coupled with the shortage of water in reservoirs and dams, the situation could ultimately lead to livestock deaths.

A housewife on a Keetmanshoop farm, Derdine de Klerk, informed New Era that although they have not lost any of their animals to the hot temperatures, they were worried that water was becoming scarce.