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New Era Newspaper Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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16 FARMERS Tuesday, February 6 2018 | NEW ERA Milk, dairy products price to increase Staff Reporter Windhoek The price of imported milk and other dairy products like yoghurts is set to increase while milk volumes produced on Namibian farms in 2017 are four percent lower This, coupled with the unfortunate challenging economic times faced by the world today, which caused immense pressure on disposable revenue cuts in the local industry, seeing a 15 percent decline in fresh milk and UHT in Namibia between Managing director of Namibia Dairies, Gunther Ling, says the absence of rain makes things “no easier” for the “It is very likely that consumers will soon pay slightly more for milk and other dairy products during the makes resources scarce, thus resulting in the upscale of prices and in return affected by the lack of rainfall, and we can also expect an increase in fuel/oil per litre, Namibia’s producer price of industry has increased over the past open and non-regulated trade in milk in increasing import competition risking the replacement of local Almost all butter and cheese sold in The Namibian dairy industry was teetering on the brink of collapse at the end of 2015 and battled through two tough years since then when drought conditions caused large-scale losses resulted in tremendous increases in Feeding costs remain the biggest factor in the total production costs NAU’s dairy producers cost index, feeding costs increased by nearly 50 percent in 2015 and total production costs increased by about 28 percent South African competition is still a big risk for the local industry and thus the protection needed by the industry is still being enforced by the authority and the industry, apart from the coupled a surplus of milk produced, especially in Europe, which has been using the additional competition and increases the pressure on local producers and Up and up… Expect the price of milk and milk products to increase soon and Namibians to consume less of these products due to immense pressure on disposable income. Stefanus Katangolo and Saara Iitembu say 2018 is set for more challenges for consumers, as they share a glass of the best from Namibian Dairies, yesterday. February rains critical for crop production Staff Reporter Since November, rainfall has been Windhoek below average in Namibia but since As livestock and crop farmers across have strengthened and expanded into Namibia fear another drought, the prospects for rain this week has Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, and improved, while the continuation of seasonal rainfall during February will Below-average rain during the be critical to crop development and past month has resulted in large According to the UN’s Famine vegetation conditions in north-western Early Warning Systems Network Report, a weakening of the suppressed temperatures and dryness have been convective weather pattern, and a recorded in south-eastern Africa and return towards a more seasonably rainfall distribution throughout much Namibian farmers formed various of Southern Africa in early February prayer groups last week, asking for could translate into widespread rain to alleviate some dryness in the moderate to locally heavy precipitation seasonal in South Africa, Lesotho He has 38 years working experience in rangeland management and livestock training and mentoring services. of N$ 2,875 Agra ProVision in several weeks that these areas have experienced average to above average Above-average rainfall was also and northern Botswana and northern Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa are now experiencing less than 80 percent of their normal rainfall accumulation since the beginning has led to increased concerns about possible drought, water availability and conditions have degraded in parts of Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zambia The report assesses the potential impact of drought on Much of Southern Africa has Staff Reporter Windhoek suppressed convective pattern, which resulted in a mid-season period with The impacts of this past January can be felt on the long-term moisture anomalies, as many regions in Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa are now experiencing less than 80 percent of their normal rainfall accumulation since the beginning of November The dearth of seasonal rainfall throughout many regions in Southern Africa has led to increased concerns for drought, water availability and impacts remotely sensed vegetation health indices suggests a degradation of ground conditions in parts of Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and Deteriorating crop conditions have already been observed in some parts of South Africa, with wilting More than 600 communal and emerging farmers could once again be deprived of their biggest annual agricultural showcase – the Okamatapati Show – if these farmers could result in one of the highlights, if not the highlight on the annual calendar of the Ongombe Farmers Association (OFA), organisers of the Okamatapiti Show Society, being called off chief organiser of the Okamatapati Show, Albert farmers has become just too much because of for members of OFA as host to rebuild stocks, and strapped and simply unable to face more expenses by transporting their animals to either Windhoek or Otjiwarongo for the annual Okamatapati Show,” To add insult to injury, not much has come of the expected good rains that were anticipated before the cash-strapped and drought-stricken farmers Dry conditions intensified in the southern half of the region, threatening production prospects in several Short-term rainfall forecasts suggest Due to last season’s above-average harvests, staple prices in Zimbabwe, These price trends have improved the purchasing power of poor households that have depleted their cereal stocks This is unfortunately not the case in Namibia, and the price of staple diets performance persists, households with surplus stocks will likely reduce the amount that they are selling, potentially Okamatapati show in balance due to poor rains now have all their hopes pinned on plenty of rain in two months will be the decisive factor for many farmers on whether they will be able to take part in cancel last year’s 29th edition and there is not much hope for the 30th show if we do not receive above OFA has since 2013 been warning against this very unfortunate situation by appealing to commercial farmers and all role players in the meat industry to support its endeavour to stage the show annually support from sponsors but times are tough for Windhoek Show Society demands up-front payment of some N,000 to make use of its facilities, and on top of that farmers have to transport their animals to the capital at great expense and provide feed for to raise more than N0,000 for the show to take OFA was established in July 1983, and has been a farmers have shown extraordinary commitment and

Tuesday, February 6 2018 | NEW ERA AFRICA 17 Opioid high: Painkiller abuse sparks fears for Gabon’s young LIBREVILLE Misuse of a powerful painkiller has spread like wildfire among schools in the west African state of Gabon, where teachers blame it for violent changes in mood among normally placid and motivated teenagers. Known as ‘kobolo’ by local youths, the drug comprises high doses of washed down with soda or alcohol. In the United States, abuse of such opioid drugs, say experts, has abetted a crisis of addiction and misery. “It’s easier to ask who in our state schools is not taking kobolo,” said a young music teacher in a Libreville high school, who gave her name as Chantal. “It starts at secondary level, from the age of 12 or 13. The children go through changes almost overnight - they become aggressive and violent under the effects of kobolo, go through their schoolbags,” she adds. “The worst thing is that the kids not only use it, they sell it, too.” Almost every week, the press report blamed on their use of kobolo, and on arrests of drug dealers, often deemed to be connected to the pharmaceutical business or from Cameroon. “Kobolo is a combination based on painkillers that act directly on the brain. It induces feelings of well-being due to the secretion of dopamine, the pleasure hormone,” said Marie- Louise Rondi, who chairs the National Order of Pharmacists in Gabon. “This explains addiction and the tendency to increase daily doses, until all the safety fuses in the brain have been blown.” When used by young Gabonese as a recreational drug, the painkiller Tramadol or a generic equivalent is taken in large doses, sometimes mixed with alcohol and a range of juices. In 2017, its popularity began to spread fast in a country where consumption of cannabis and other substances is very limited. By July, concern had become so great that prescriptions for the drug became compulsory, and social support was beefed up. “We had meetings with the parents of students to warn them of the scale of the problem,” Rondi said. Under the pseudonym Ted, a self-described ‘ex-user’ of kobolo in his 20s, who comes from a poor neighbourhood, described what it was like to take the drug. “With a soft drink, it’s like you’re asleep, having a waking dream. But if you drink it down with a little alcohol, well then...!” he guffawed. “It awakens your sleeping senses, when you take it you become hot. You can’t control yourself, you imagine you’re a super-hero, you lose your feelings,” laughs the young man. “It gives you too much courage... You don’t even feel pain.” Proof of this risk, he displayed a large scar on a forearm - the legacy of an accident when he “went through a car windscreen without feeling hurt.” Other collateral damage includes loss of appetite and sleep, itching, “epilepsy attacks, liver problems and memory lapses,” he said. Others say unsafe sex is another risk. Despite regulatory efforts, the painkiller is easy to obtain on the streets of Libreville. Known as the ‘little red’, ‘pink baby’ or ‘kemeka’, pills are sold for between 250 and 500 CFA francs (0.40 to 0.80 euros / ###COLUMNCONTENT###.50 to .00) apiece. Around the bus station, regular traders and ambulant salesmen help make acquiring kobolo a simple formality. In the maze of narrow streets, the drug Migrant shooting spree shocks Italy ahead of elections MACERATA “I’m scared it could have been me,” a Nigerian man admits outside a hospital in Italy, a day after six Africans were shot in a racially-motivated attack. The shooting spree has shocked the country, at the frontline of unprecedented migration and in the middle of a general election campaign. Far-right supporter Luca Traini, 28, has been named by authorities as the suspect, ac- an from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria on Saturday in Macerata, a small town in central Italy. Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera quoted the suspect as telling investigators that his attacks were triggered by the murder of an 18-yearold Italian woman, Lethal drug … A man looks at the products displayed on a market stall selling rat poison at a street market, in Libreville. Photo: Nampa/ AFP allegedly by a Nigerian asylum seeker. A copy of Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf and a book by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini were found at his mother’s home. Minister of the Interior Marco Minniti said the shooting had been prompted by “racial hatred”. “It’s not easy to live in a town where somebody shot six black people. - Nampa/AFP is sold not only by the usual dealers but also at little stalls that sell medication along with rat poison. - getting high requires no more than swallowing some cheap pills, the phenomenon is more DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES: DIVISION: TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 63(2) (b) of the Local Authorities Act, (Act 23 of 1992) as amended, that the Council of Rundu Town intends to sell by way of offer to purchase the following immovable properties. SALE OF IMMOVABLE PROPERTIES BY WAY OF OFFER TO PURCHASE Any objection to the sale of any of the listed properties should be done in writing Written objections shall be addressed to: Rundu discreet than smoking pot. The wholesale dealers are above all Nigerians and Lebanese, Chadians and Guineans, people say in the workingclass districts. “Everybody sells it under the counter,” said Ted, who described kobolo as “the high-school favourite”. RUNDU TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE ERF TOWNSHIP SIZE (M2) ZONING PURCHASE PRICE PURCHASER The media gives ample coverage to anti-kobolo operations and the police say they are on the job, reporting the seizure of 5,952 illicit pills in 2017. “But the silence of health authorities is deafening,” protests the director of a state-run hospital. “Not even a simple video clip on the TV to raise awareness among young people.” By contrast, Goudronier, a video about kobolo by rapper Don’zer, has given the drug nationwide prominence. It has been even broadcast at meetings of political parties. “What this song is about, with its words and the video full of violence, is what’s happening now in our society and our schools,” said the teacher Chantal, distraught. “The drug has become fashionable - kobolo users are no longer hiding.” Kobolo users are typically aged from 12 to 16 or 17, but there are many who come outside this age range, said a psychologist who has seen many users in her private practice.– Nampa/AFP

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