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More farmers using government marketing incentives to destock

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There are indications that farmers in various parts of the country are heeding the advice to destock their herds, as more than 5,000 have applied for marketing incentives.

The Office of the Prime Minister says it has observed a notable trend among farmers to participate in marketing incentives to mitigate the impact of drought.

This is contained in the Drought Situation Report of June, released by the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management under the Office of the Prime Minister.

Oikuku, Ohamukwata now have potable water

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Residents of Oikuku and Ohamukwata villages in the Ohangwena Region now have access to potable water after three decades of waiting.

The project is being carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform and the Office of the Prime Minister at a cost of N$3.6 million.

Ohangwena Governor Sebastian Ndeitunga urged beneficiaries to use water wisely and guard against vandalism.

The borehole can supply water to seven water points, cutting the long distances villagers had to travel in search of water.

Finance Minister tables N$4.8 billion additional budget 

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The Minister of Finance and Public Enterprises, Iipumbu Shiimi, unveiled the financial adjustments during the presentation of the N$4.8 billion 2023–2024 Appropriation Bill.

An additional budget of N$643 million will go towards the drought relief programme under the Office of the Prime Minister.

This allocation will provide food aid and assistance to farmers affected by the drought.

Various government departments will receive a total of N$438.5 million for goods and services.

Lack of grazing in Okakarara District a concern

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Livestock farmers in the Okakarara District are worried as their animals have started to die as a result of a lack of grazing.

Most farmers say they cannot afford animal fodder.

An nbc News team driving through Okakarara witnessed malnourished cattle roaming around in search of grazing.

Farmers have started to slaughter the weak ones before they die.

The Executive Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, I-Ben Nashandi, details the government's livestock drought relief programme, which is to be rolled out to all 14 regions of the country.

Drought programme to start earlier 

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The implementation date for the livestock drought programme has been brought forward to July 1, 2023, instead of the initial October 1.

This was after Cabinet authorised the Office of the Prime Minister to consider a revision of the commencement date, subject to an assessment of the number of affected farmers and their financial implications.

In recent years, Namibians have felt and continue to feel the impact of drought.

While in some areas farmers have managed to harvest, the same cannot be said about others.