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-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 - 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-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.
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.
Onaame-Prospects of a good harvest have disappeared for many subsistence mahangu farmers in various villages in Ohangwena Region as their crops are currently submerged in floodwater.
Crops have turned yellow and villagers whose livelihoods depend on mahangu as a staple food have abandoned their fields, bracing themselves for the hard times ahead. Farmers said the situation does not only threaten their food security, but also affects them emotionally as last year’s harvest was also next to nothing because of the recurring drought.
Omuthiya – Farmers in the Oshikoto Region are hopeful that this year they will have a good harvest despite the outbreak of worms in their fields in recent weeks. One of the hopeful farmers from Omuthiya, Esther Clonelius, who has been very busy weeding her three fields, says a part of one of her fields, situated a few kilometres outside Omuthiya, is already infested by unidentified worms.
Clonelius described the worms as having a red and greenish colour but has not reported the matter to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
Ongwediva-At least 32 percent of the Namibian population or 700 000 people depend on the government’s drought relief programme, according to the latest Agricultural Input and Household Food Security Situation Report.
The report that was issued last month states that because the country experienced the worst drought in its history, since 2012 the government has been putting more efforts and resources into mitigating the impacts of drought, which has not only affected the agriculture sector but also the national economy as a whole.
by Albertina Nakale
The Zambezi chief regional officer Regina Ndopu-Lubinda says even though the country received some showers over the past couple of weeks the drought persists.
In an interview with New Era yesterday she said Zambezi residents are busy cultivating and ploughing their fields following recent showers. But she said the region would only determine the effect and impact of the drought once people harvest next year.
by Deon Schlechter
Some 729 000 people in the rural areas have been affected by this year’s drought and this account for about 57 percent of the rural population. Of these, about 596 000 are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
By Deon Schlechter
More than 27 presentations were made in the plenary sessions from across the world while nine side events were also held, on drought management, before over 400 delegates finalised the Windhoek Drought Declaration. The declaration on drought was birthed during last week’s first ever African Drought Conference that was held in Windhoek.
The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) is struggling to raise N$13.4 million to give support to 11 500 vulnerable people as it only managed to raise 15 percent of the funding required and will only be able to provide for 1 200 people.
By: Nuusita Ashipala
Many subsistence farmers whose crop fields were submerged by heavy floodwaters in February in Ruacana are said to be entirely dependent on drought relief – and for those who qualify, on social grants such as the old age pension.
The heavy floods that hit the village of Otjihitua in Ruacana Constituency left 214 people relocated without food and shelter.
In total, 50 households comprising of 364 people were affected – however only 30 households were relocated.
by Nuusita Ashipala
As the drought persists, small-scale farmers along the Calueque-Oshakati Water Canal use water drawn from the canal to their advantage to produce enough to sustain their families and to sell the surplus on the local market.
One such farmer is 41-year-old Absalom Johannes from Okafa-koishongo village near Outapi, who says poverty can be defeated once every able-bodied person works towards food production.
by Deon Schlechter
The Agronomy Department of AgriBusDev, the business arm of government’s agricultural development project, says the drought has had severe negative effects on irrigation farming over the past three years, during which the country has been suffering from consistent droughts.
The country is heavily reliant on surface water irrigation from its four perennial rivers (Kavango, Zambezi, Kunene and Orange), as well as Hardap dam and underground water resources in the Maize Triangle (Otavi, Tsumeb and Grootfontein).
by Deon Schelchter
Late rains have dramatically changed the expectations of the total white maize harvest from the Maize Triangle and immediate environs.
The total maize harvest is now projected at more than 44 000 tonnes, after 9 391 hectares were planted countrywide. Almost 4 400 hectares were planted in the Maize Triangle, the traditional breadbasket of the country. Some 16 120 tonnes are now expected from this area.