16 FARMERS Tuesday, January 30 2018 | NEW ERA NAU to extend drought aid to southern communal farmers Staff Reporter Windhoek The Dordabis Farmers’ Association and Namibian Agricultural Union’s (NAU) project to assist farmers in the south of the country during the drought instituted last year, is likely to be extended this year in view of the weak rain prospects. The effort is aimed at helping farmers feed their core herds to enable them to continue farming; especially communal and resettlement farmers in drought-stricken areas. Drought-stricken farmers in the Warmbad and Bethanie areas have hailed the initiative. More than 50 bales of grass, lucerne and other feed has been supplied free of charge to farmers with no more grazing due to drought. Resettlement farmers aid was also given to communal farmers in Warmbad and Keetmanshoop to the value of N0,000, donated by FNB and Sanlam in cooperation with the extension offices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) in Karasburg and Keetmanshoop. Besides NAU’s project, individuals also donated to the struggling farmers. Contribution by other NAU famers associations and individual NAU members was used to pay for the transportation of donated grass to the targeted areas. In some cases Beneficiaries…Communal and resettlement farmers who benefitted from drought aid from the Dordabis Farmers’ Association and the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU). Picture: Naudrought beneficiaries were also requested to contribute to the transport costs. NAU president Ryna van der Merwe expressed satisfaction with the initiative, saying it will now also benefit communal and resettlement farmers, who are finding it tough after experiencing devastating droughts. Are private entities given much responsibility for resource use? Staff Reporter Windhoek With the threat of another devastating drought this year, the question has been arising whether too much responsibility in the utilisation of natural resources has been devolved to private entities. When a drought strikes, farmers are encouraged to destock rapidly and drastically. Technically correct, but if the drought has struck widely and many farmers destock at the same time, animal and meat prices fall precipitously. Dr Axel Rothauge, a leading Namibian expert on drought and desertification, says lacking a national drought reserve and fodder bank, desperate farmers will simply overutilise drought-stricken rangeland and degrade it; contrary to the aims of various policies and strategies. “Where are the forage-based feeding facilities that can temporarily absorb destocked livestock and delay marketing to stabilise prices and farmer incomes? After the drought, farmers have to rebuild their herds,” he laments. Drought-stricken farmers need the income the most, as they get the least for their livestock. At the same time, the price of drought fodder escalates astronomically - when farmers need it most but can least afford it. Julia Kamarenga Gobabis Two people were recently caught with 11 carcasses; three oryx, three kudus and five hartebeest at Okambingana, a resettlement farm in the Okorukambe constituency. One of the suspects who is a son to the farm owner produced a permit at the approach of the community police. The suspect had a permit but it “What are we doing at a national level to encourage farmers in those parts of Namibia most suited to produce extra fodder to ease the fodder shortage?” Eleven carcasses found on resettlement farm Scavenging…A cow desperately aiming for a piece of cardboard on the outskirts of Oshakati as the reality of another drought year starts to sink in as good rains stay away. Photo: Contributed only allows for shooting of two oryx, two hartebeest and two warthogs on the farm. Two people are currently in custody at the Witvlei Police station while police investigations continue. Ben Nowaseb, a game warden from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, is advising people resettled on the farms to adhere to the rules and regulations of the ministry regarding animals they have been allotted to hunt. He is also encouraging community he wants to know. Rothauge says north-eastern Namibia could produce enough animal feed to support the drought-prone members to continue working with officials in curbing illegal acts. The meat found on the suspects has since been donated to charity organisations. central and southern areas of Namibia with extra grazing, hay and silage, to the benefit of the “grass farmers” in the north-east and the drought-stricken farmers elsewhere who depend on very expensive, imported hay. The prices of replacement breeding stock will be sky-high due to the huge, simultaneous demand at a time that farmers have little savings to fall back on, having just emerged from a debilitating drought. This is an opportunity for herd-restocking incentives to ease animal import restrictions, avail superior animal genetics and breeding technologies like artificial insemination and group breeding schemes and encourage rather than prohibit the trading of replacement livestock across veterinary cordon fences such that it does not compromise the nation’s livestock health. “Vision 2030 implicitly acknowledges this, by promoting a modern, knowledge-based and technologically advanced economy by 2030; nearly the exact opposite of where we are today in the communal farming sector. “So, will the majority of farmers still be locked into a communal set-up 12 years from now? As a society, we could be making more rapid progress towards the goals of Vision 2030 if we fix our eyes more firmly on where we want to be in 12 years’ time rather than on where we have come from over the past 130 years,” says Rothauge. The find…The meat from recovered carcasses found recently on the resettlement farm, Okambingana, in the Okorukambe constituency. Photo: Julia Kamarenga *Julia Kamarenga is an information officer with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology based in Gobabis Phosphate products available again Staff Reporter Windhoek Feedmaster has announced that phosphate products have arrived in the country and the raw materials are available again. Phosphate is a macro element which is needed in grams per day by virtually all animals. This mineral is needed in a wide range of metabolic, neurological and cellular functions in the animal’s body. It also plays a role in activating various B vitamins, and with calcium it ensures the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Because the animals are on green pasture in an active growth phase, the energy metabolism of the animal increases and the need for phosphate is therefore higher than in the dry dormant season of natural pasture. With the positioning of Futterfos in the market, Feedmaster has therefore done everything in its power to obtain a monophosphate source with 23 percent phosphate which has the best digestibility rate. Feedmaster sees all stakeholders as partners in the industry hence their important role -with Feedmaster- in the economic progress of Namibian farmers because phosphate replenishment alone can already bring about 52 percent improvement in production. More information is available from Feedmaster nutritionists at 061-2901300 or by visiting their website at www.feedmaster.com.na. Farmers can also easily determine their Futterfos needs for the rainy season with the ‘Lick Intake Calculator’, Feedmaster’s cellphone application.
Tuesday, January 30 2018 | NEW ERA AFRICA 17 73 water days to go for Cape Town CAPE TOWN Cape Town has only 73 days to go before Day Zero dawns – the day (12 April) the water supply is turned off and the city becomes the first major one to run dry after failing to mitigate the consequences of a three-year drought. The City of Cape Town will shut off the water supply to taps when dams reach a collective level of 13.5 percent, the city said on Sunday. On Monday, the city would activate the disaster operations centre (DOC) to execute the city’s water disaster plan which would take effect in the event of the so-called “Day Zero”, when the city officially runs out of water. “While the city is focusing all its efforts on beating back Day Zero, we need to be prepared for a scenario where we take control of the city’s water supply in order to extend it into the winter months. We will shut off supply to taps when our dams reach a collective level of 13.5 CAIRO Egypt’s ultra-conservative Islamist Al-Nour party has decided to support President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in his bid to be re-elected in March, the party said on Sunday. Sisi, who has been in power since 2014, appears set to run unopposed after all other presidential hopefuls announced they would not take part in the election on March 26-28. Nominations for candidates remain open until Monday. Al-Nour chief Yunes Makhion spoke at a news conference of his party’s policies on the economy, corruption, human rights and fighting terrorism, among others. “The current president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is the most capable percent,” senior city officials said in a statement on Sunday. The African National Congress in the Western Cape is happy with the water and sanitation department’s “emphasis that the very concept of #DayZero is a DA [Democratic Alliance] invention”, the ANC in the province said on Sunday. The ANC in the Western Cape met Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Friday, both as a political organisation to which the minister accounted and on behalf of “multiple formations in society who are seeking answers and clarity from the department on its plans to avert the dreaded day zero”, the ANC said in a statement. “The ANC is happy with the department’s emphasis that the very concept of #DayZero is a DA invention that translates to nothing more than an unnecessary tool of rattling residents on a pseudo-judgment day rhetoric,” the ANC said. The drought-induced water crisis in the Western Cape province, has hit to carry out these heavy responsibilities, and to bring cooperation between all the state’s institutions of the armed forces, police, and parliament,” said Makhion. This unity “would achieve stability, and steer the country away from many dangers,” he said. Sisi was elected president a year after heading the 2013 military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood, amid mass protests against his one-year rule. At the time, Al-Nour supported Sisi’s move. This support has allowed Al-Nour to survive a post-Morsi crackdown on Islamists while the Brotherhood was designated a terrorist group in 2013 and has seen thousands of its supporters detained. the key tourism sector with visitors cancelling trips, an industry official said on Friday. Officials in South Africa’s tourism capital which boasts world renowned attractions such as Table Mountain, have tightened water restrictions to just 50 litres per person each day effective February 1, from the current 87 litres, as it faces the real risk of taps running dry from April 12, dubbed “Day Zero”. “The water crisis is having an impact on tourism. We have been informed by our members that they been receiving cancellations from both international and domestic travellers,” Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy said, without giving numbers. “Prospective visitors have questions and are looking for clarity regarding the water crisis and contingency plans for Day Zero. As long as there is uncertainty about the water crisis, there will be an impact,” Duminy said in a written response to questions from the African News Agency. - Nampa/ANA Egypt Islamist party backs Sisi re-election bid ‘Time has come’ for S. Sudan sanctions: AU chief ADDIS ABABA The African Union chief Moussa Faki said Sunday that “the time has come” to slap sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, one of the most intractable wars facing African leaders as they meet in Ethiopia. At the opening of the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Faki deplored the “unbelievable cruelty” and “senseless violence” of warring parties in South Sudan, which has been torn apart by conflict since December 2013, just two years after gaining independence. Tens of thousands have died and nearly four million South Sudanese have been driven from their homes, while millions are going hungry in a humanitarian crisis expected to worsen as the lean season sets in. Efforts to revitalise a 2015 peace agreement resulted in a ceasefire in December which lasted just hours before warring parties accused each other of breaking the truce. “The time has come to sanction those who are blocking peace,” said Faki. The United States, the main backer of South Sudanese independence and biggest aid donor to the country, again called for an arms embargo last week in front of the UN Security Council. Previous efforts to impose a weapons embargo and sanctions have failed with some member states arguing this would be counterproductive to peace efforts. UN ambassador Nikki Haley told the Security Council that President Al-Nour was formed in 2011, months after an uprising overthrew Hosni Mubarak, an uprising Egypt’s most prominent Salafi clerics viewed with caution. It now has representation in a parliament elected in 2015, and viewed by critics as largely a pro-Sisi rubberstamp legislature. The leaders of Egypt’s Salafists – adherents of a puritanical school of Islam – have had a history of falling in line with strongmen. Their opponents, including the Brotherhood, say they are mere opportunists. But Salafi leaders argue their pragmatism helps avoid the turmoil and bloodshed of rebellion, and serves their endgame of a society which accepts Islamic law. – Nampa/AFP Salva Kiir’s government was “increasingly proving itself to be an unfit partner” in efforts to restore peace. She urged African leaders gathered for the summit to “consider seriously the accountability measures it pledged for those who refuse to pursue peace.” Festus Mogae, a former president of Botswana who leads an international ceasefire monitoring team, on Saturday called for “clear consequences” for those who violate the truce and urged regional trade bloc IGAD not to “maintain a unified approach”. “For the revitalisation process to be successful there must be a clear understanding among all South Sudanese leaders of the consequences of non-compliance and the determination of IGAD to ensure that agreements are complied with,” he said. - Nampa/AFP UN shocked by revenge killings in Libya JOHANNESBURG The UN has said it is “appalled” at apparent revenge killings that are taking place in Libya following the report of eight bodies found in the eastern cities of Benghazi and Derna, Reuters reported. Five bloodied and mutilated corpses were found lying in the dirt in Benghazi’s Laithi neighbourhood on Friday. Following the grisly find security officials in Benghazi refused to comment, but locals reported notes on the bodies accusing them of Islamist sympathies. There have been a number of other cases of bodies found in Benghazi with gunshot wounds and other signs of abuse. In Derna, 250 km east of Benghazi, the bodies of three people who appeared to have been summarily killed were found dumped in the city on Thursday, medical sources said. TENDER “UNSMIL is appalled by new reports of retribution killings in Libya,” the UN’s Libya mission, UNSMIL, said on its Twitter account. “The brutal pattern of violence must end. Those in effective control of fighters and those ordering, committing such crimes are liable under international law.” These developments followed a twin car bombing in Benghazi last Tuesday which killed 35 people and injured dozens more, while on Wednesday photos and video showed the summary execution of 10 prisoners outside the mosque where the bombing took place. Army chief Khalifa Hafter’s self-declared Libyan National Army (LNA) controls Benghazi. His forces have been involved in the fight against Islamists, and other opponents, from 2014 until late 2017 as part of wider conflict tearing the North African country apart since the Arab spring of 2011 overthrew the government of the late Muammar Gaddafi. In Derna, the LNA has long been battling the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council (DMSC), an armed alliance that controls the city. 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