Much welcomed donation for farmers
Drought stricken farmers in the Erongo region will benefit from a donation made to the office of the governor.
23 June 2019 | Government
Cleophas Mutjavikua; Governor; Farmers in the corridors should not to infringe on other peoples' properties . . .
Huab Fishing donated N$100 000 towards the office of the governor.
The money is intended to bring some relief to farmers affected by the prevailing drought in the Erongo region.
Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua urged farmers who have grazing pastures to avail their farms to those who are grazing their cattle in the national corridors for the next few months.
“We have many farmers in the national corridors. Whenever farmers are affected by drought, there is nowhere else for them to go. They remain in the corridors and drive their animals wherever they can find grazing.”
He also urged farmers who are grazing their cattle in the corridors not to enter farms for grazing opportunties without the consent of farm owners.
“Farmers in the corridors should not to infringe on other peoples' properties without their permission. Our office have never told farmers to invade or graze in farms unless if they have a one on one agreement to enter such farms.”
Huab Fishing director Titus Haimbili said there is a need to mitigate the challenges of natural disasters such as the drought in the Erongo region which was hardest hit.
“The drought is causing migration of cattle and vulnerable farmers are losing their only means of survival.”
Haimbili said there is an interdependent relationship between the fishing industry and agriculture.
“While the fishing companies and operators provide much needed employment, they in turn need farm produce such as meat and vegetables to feed their sea-going crew.”
The donation is set to sustain, strengthen and ensure food security and sustainable development of the most vulnerable communities in the Erongo region.