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Thursday, 01 September 2016

Namibia: EU Supports Strategic Drought Relief

The Ambassador of the EU earlier this week announced that the EU will be donating an amount of US$20 million to assist various projects including drought relief, to help northern farmers with veterinary services, land development, water supply and NGO's. The Ambassador noted "The idea of this project is to increase the market price of cattle by 17% over five years. The only way this can be done is to decrease the number of cattle in the northern areas hoping that it will also prevent over-grazing and promote the quality of meat. The project will be initiated in October this year and different farmers and stakeholders will still be engaged" the Ambassador added. The Executive Director of the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU), Mr Mwilima Mushokabanji explained "According to the Food and Agricultural Organization it is recommend that one extension officer needs to look after fifty farmers, In Namibia, the current ratio is one to two thousand. "To boost agricultural production, livestock and agronomy, farmers need extension services and veterinary services, so the EU comes in to build institutions, extension services, provide scientific researchers and engage with unions." he said. Mushokabanji added that Namibian farmers will be provided better access to markets through the rehabilitation of the Katima Mulilo, Oshakati, and Kavango abattoirs.