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Lack of support for livestock farmers concerning

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The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Anna Shiweda, is in the Zambezi Region on a three-day visit to tour abattoirs and familiarise herself with the implementation of the poultry and horticulture programmes that are supported by the government.

The facility was upgraded to A-Class status, which exports Namibian beef.

There are currently two quarantine facilities in the Zambezi Region, the Kopano and Katima Mulilo, where cattle are quarantined for thirty days before they are brought to the abattoir. 

Production at Mashare Berries Farm satisfactory - GIPF 

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Government Institutions Pensions Fund (GIPF), Martin Inkumbi, has expressed satisfaction with the production at the Mashare Berries farm in the Kavango East Region.

Mashare Berries is one of the projects funded by GIPF. 

Mashare Berries, Namibia's first commercial berry producer, is one of GIPF's unlisted investment projects.

The farm formerly exported berries to Europe, Great Britain, and the Middle East, amongst others. 

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.

MAWLR review first quarter performance

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The Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform Ministry brought together management from all 14 regions to review major activities and performance in the first quarter of this financial year.

Ministry officials are gathered at Oshakati for a week-long annual work plan and management workshop, ending on Friday.

The objective is to review what has been done in the first quarter to improve service delivery. Issues to be discussed include performance-related matters, challenges encountered, and how they can be resolved.

Otjozondjupa battles with lumpy skin disease outbreak

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A one-day farmers' day event aimed at equipping farmers with knowledge on vaccines and livestock diseases was poorly attended by farmers in the Okakarara constituency.

This is even though the Otjozondjupa Region is battling an outbreak of lumpy skin disease.

On Friday, the Veterinary Directorate in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform issued a warning of the lumpy skin disease outbreak in the Okakarara constituency.

However, only a few farmers showed up at the farmers' day information and engagement session held at Ombujovakuru Ekuva. 

Namibia, Botswana and South Africa excel in livestock project

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Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa have excelled in a joint livestock sector project under the African Union.

Agriculture Minister Carl Schlettwein revealed this at the conclusion of official talks between the Presidents of Namibia and Botswana last week.

Under the project, all three countries make use of foot and mouth vaccines, produced in Botswana.

Hardap farmers urged to embrace government-subsidised services

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The Agriculture Extension officer based in the Hardap Region, Fabian Boys, has encouraged the region's communal and resettlement farmers to embrace government-subsidised support services aimed at boosting agricultural growth. 

Speaking to nbc News, Boys highlighted the Namibia Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project (NAMSIP) and urged the region's small-scale farmers to take full advantage of the project. 

NAMSIP focuses on agricultural mechanisation, livestock, and seed improvement in efforts to stimulate high-quality production. 

Resettled farmers use land optimally

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Livestock farmer Joppie Cloete has overcome challenges and achieved great success on a resettlement farm through hard work and ingenuity.

Speaking to nbc News in an interview, Cloete explains that he diversified his operations in response to the ongoing drought conditions across the country.

In 2008, the government resettled Cloete on a 4,200-hectare farm in the Hardap Region as part of its land reform program.

Despite being a traditional livestock farmer, Cloete ventured into new areas such as piggery, poultry, horticulture, hydroponics, and dairy farming.

Namibia launches Integrated Landscape Project

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The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism has launched the Namibia Integrated Landscape Approach for Enhancing Livelihoods and Environmental Governance to Eradicate Poverty project. 

Supported by the Global Environment Facility and the UNDP, the project aims to promote sustainable landscape management, reduce poverty with nature-based livelihoods, protect forests, and achieve land degradation neutrality.

Omaheke discusses solutions to natural disasters

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The Omaheke regional leadership has proposed resilient-related programmes to assist in the event of disasters like drought, fire outbreaks, and hailstorms, amongst others. 

This was shared during a consultative engagement with the Deputy Prime Minister, John Mutorwa, at Gobabis in the Omaheke Region. 

The regional leaders noted more needs to be done, although the government has been doing well in assisting communities with drought relief measures like food distribution and livestock subsidies.