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New Era Newspaper Tuesday December 12, 2017

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14 ADVERT Tuesday, December 12 2017 | NEW ERA ||Kharas Regional Council ||KHARAS UPDATE Private Bag 2184, Wheeler Street, Education Building, Keetmanshoop, Namibia Tel: +264-63-221 900 E-mail: ||KHARAS REGIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2022 We wish to bring it to the attention of our stakeholders that, following the formulation of the new Regional Strategic Plan 2017-2022, the ||Kharas Regional Council has reviewed its high level statements, namely: Vision and Mission to the following: Vision: To be the preferred region for investors and citizens to live and work in. Mission: To promote, facilitate and coordinate sustainable socio-economic development. To achieve the above, the ||Kharas Regional Council continues to be guided by the mandate as derived from the Namibian Constitution, Article 103, and the Regional Councils Act 22 of 1992, to plan and promote socio-economic development in the region for the benefit of all its inhabitants. ||Kharas Regional Council responds to orphanage fundraising The Ministry of Safety and Security in Keetmanshoop last month hosted a fundraising Gala Dinner for Hope of Christ Orphanage. The ||Kharas Regional Council responded with a donation of 20 bags of In the picture, from right: Superintendent Ronnie Hoaeb of the Keetmanshoop Cor- of ||Kharas Regional Council, Johanna Il- Johannes Kido receiving the handover. Core Principles Standards: Setting, monitoring and publishing clear standards of service that individual members of the public can reasonably expect. Courtesy and Helpfulness: Providing a courteous and helpful service, which is run to suit the convenience of those entitled to the service: services being provided by public servants who can be identified readily, through wearing name badges, by their customers. Information: Providing information about public services in a manner which is readily understandable. Consultation and Choice: Ensuring regular consultation and communication with those who use services, taking their views and priorities into account – to provide a choice wherever possible. Accountability: Providing details of performance against targets and identifying who is responsible. Openness/Transparency: Disclosing how public services are managed, and the cost and performance of specific services. Non-Discrimination: Ensuring services are available and applied equally to all. Quality of Service: Publicising complaint procedures with independent reviews where possible. Providing where errors have been made, an apology, full explanation and early correction of the error. Value for Money: Providing efficient and economic public services within affordable resources. Accessibility: Ensure accessibility to public service by accommodating the service needs of users. The five-year Strategic Plan will focus mainly on three Strategic Pillars: Pillar 1: Socio Economic Development Strategic Objectives: Enhance Spatial Planning Improve Key Infrastructure Provide Basic Services and Housing Enhance Food Security Promote Economic Opportunities Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education For All Pillar 2: Stakeholders Management Strategic Objective Promote Stakeholder Engagement Pillar 3: Operational Excellence Strategic Objective Ensure Organisational Performance

Tuesday, December 12 2017 | NEW ERA 15 FARMERS FORUM Your weekly Agricultural Corner Communal crop farmers’ hopes dwindle, as November stays dry Staff Reporter Windhoek The most critical period for crop farmers in the rain-fed northern communal areas, October and November, which is vital for crop planting, has come and gone, casting doubts on the prospects of good mahangu and maize crops in May and June next year. Northern communal farmers are worried again that they might not get a good harvest next year if it rains average or below average in the early rainy season. All predictions so far had forecast a slow start to the rainy season, but may conclude that most of Namibia will experience a normal to above normal rainy season from January to March next year. arrived in most regions in the north, but it went as quickly as it came. A follow-up rain is crucial for crop planting. The latest expected harvest report of the Namibian Agronomic Board predicts more than 1,080 tonnes of white maize from Staff Reporter Windhoek Communal farmers are showing a huge interest in managing and increasing their goat farming businesses. This is after publication of an article on goat farmers pleading uplift the current status of goat meat and goat products. Small scale farmers in rural areas are now interested in a strong goat breeders market in Namibia, Staff Reporter Windhoek Developing a more up-to-date map on the distribution of encroacher bush in Namibia is but one of the many actions and strategies by the Directorate of Agricultural Research and Development (DARD) to achieve the National Rangeland Management Policy and Strategies (NRMPS) objectives. Senior DARD officer Elina Shekupe Nakanyala says they have for the past two years been focusing on the importance of Namibia’s rangelands at local, national and Waiting for rain… Two crop farmers in the Omusati Region inspect rainy season. Photo: Contributed the communal areas of Omusati and environs with an average of 1.7 tonnes per hectare. Namibia’s total white maize production is projected to be 40,024 tonnes come harvest time next July. From December to January and March, mahangu farmers in the Communal farmers marketing system saying they would like to make the jump and become part of the export marketing system which shows promises of good mark-ups and solid income for them and their families. They also applaud the diversity of goat farming and the many uses of goat products. Goats produce about three percent of the world’s total annual milk supply. Some goats are bred fat globules, which means the cream remains suspended in the milk instead of rising to the top, as in unprocessed cow milk. Therefore, it does not need to be homogenised. Indeed, if goat milk is to be used to make cheese, homogenisation is not recommended, as this changes the structure of the milk, affecting the culture’s ability quality and yield of cheese. Goat milk is commonly processed into cheese, butter, ice cream, yogurt, cajeta and other products. Goat cheese is known as fromage de chèvre (“goat cheese”) in France. Some varieties include Rocamadour and Montrachet. Goat butter is white because goats produce milk with the yellow betacarotene converted to a colourless form of vitamin A. The skin of goats is a valuable by product of goat farming. Up until 1849 all Focus on rangeland importance international levels. Understanding of the national rangeland management principles by all stakeholders has improved and best practices and lessons learnt regarding sound rangeland management are being shared. port structures to implement the NRMPS are in place and functional, The implementation of the NRMPS on commercial, resettled and communal areas and in national protected areas is supported. In the past two years, stakeholders’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of rangeland management have been enhanced and the principles of sound rangeland management have been introduced. All farmers’ unions are participating. Resource bases are monitored and baseline vegetation data collected and the conditions assessed to determine the effect/impact. The resettlement farm Gellap-Ost has been used to monitor the resource base and the effective utilisation of plants. A study was also conducted to achieve the correct stocking rates and to develop a carrying capacity Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kunene regions are supposed to be working in their anything like last year, farmers may have to face another dry spell, which would result in the loss of more livestock and another belowaverage harvest season. Because of the prevailing dry conditions and little rain seen in November, farmers are holding back planting mahangu. Some farmers are also concerned that even if the north receives good rain from now on, their donkeys and oxen used to due to the drought experienced in the region over the past three years. Some farmers say they have been in regular contact with the elders who have over the years mastered ways of predicting whether or not there will be good rains. According to them, the elders are predicting good rains in the northern regions towards the end of this month or early next month. People are concerned because some livestock is in poor health and unless the areas get good rains soon, their cattle might not make it to the new year. Conservation Agriculture (CA) farmers say they are feeling the pinch as well after the Namibian Conservation Agriculture Project (NCAP) ceased at the beginning of Rolls of Parliament were written upon parchment usually made from goatskin. Another popular use is for drum skins. Parchment is prepared by liming (in a solution of quick lime) to loosen the hair follicles. After several days in this bath, the hair can then be scraped off and the under surface of the skin scraped are sewn into a wooden frame to dry and shrink. Goat meat is savory and less sweet than beef but slightly sweeter than lamb. It can be prepared in a variety of ways, such as being stewed, curried, baked, grilled, barbecued, minced, canned, fried or made into sausage. In Africa, the Chaga people of Tanzania, a ceremonial goat (locally called Ndafu) would be gutted and roasted as whole as part of tradition model. In planning for drought, four cultivated pasture species trials were conducted this February at Okapya, 35 km east of Casa Blanca in Oshikoto. Results for planting Anthephora pubescens, Cenchrus ciliaris, Brizantha marandu (from- Brazseed) and Digitariaeriantha look promising and farmers have been engaged to boost farm fod- Future plans entail planting at Sachinga (Zambezi), Alex Muranda (KavangoWest) and Oshaambelo (Omusati). In addressing bush encroachment, the aim is to develop a map on distribution of four encroacher bush species - Rhigozum trichotomum, Acacia mellifera, Catophractes alexandri and Acacia nebrowni - in southern Namibia. last year due to lack of international funding. Last year, 4,132 farmers registered for CA rip furrow services and it seems the numbers have dwindled after NCAP had to withdraw from the north after UN funding dried up. There are currently 27 private service providers for rip furrowing and nearly all of them have started land preparation by now. Most of the tractor owners are Kongalend Financial Services clients, while some are Agribank clients. The interest in CA remains high this year because of the recurring droughts and severe food insecurity. Many farmers witnessed posi- ing the 2014/2015 season, despite low and erratic rainfall and many have since then switched to CA. Farmers who have already tested rip furrowing or hand-hoe basins, crop rotations and soil cover (either crop residue retention or green soil cover) are in the majority of cases planning to put their entire crop that spans hundreds of years. The ceremonial goat is the preferred replacement to the wedding cake used in many weddings around the world. Goat has a reputation for having can also be mild, depending on how it is raised and prepared. Despite leaner and contains less cholesterol, fat and protein than both lamb and beef, and less energy than beef or chicken. Therefore, it requires low-heat, slow cooking to preserve tenderness and moisture. Goats consume less forage than beef cattle. An acre of pasture can sustain 10 goats or more, compared to two steers. Goat meat production is growing rapidly, but is still less than 4 percent of total meat production. The use of arboricides to control encroacher bush control and the effect thereof on grass production has also been studied as well as gradual bush thinning and the effect thereof on bush regeneration. Ongoing research projects include the fodder bank at Sandveld RS, where a grazing system is tested and to improve botanical composition and carrying capacity. A Grazing Index Value project was established to determine rangeland condition and grazing capacity. The BECVol (Browse Estimate Canopy Volume) project was introduced to determine the browsing capacities of the Mopane savannah of northern Namibia and the dwarf shrub savannah in southern Namibia.

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