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New Era Newspaper Tuesday March 6, 2018

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14 FARMERS FORUM Tuesday, March 6 2018 | NEW ERA Omusati hosts climate change conference Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva The Omusati Regional Council in collaboration with the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Re- host a two-day conference and adaptation to climate change. The conference takes place tomorrow and Thursday to bring stakeholders together to deliberate on challenges faced by the region as a result of climate change. It also further seeks dialogue on solutions that can address these challenges. The council predicts that weather conditions will become more severe during responsibility on the shoulders of every Namibian to “It is therefore important for people in north-central Namibia to understand how and why their climate is how they can prepare for this change and make sure that there is enough food says Ndapanda Kanime from the council. The conference targets increased food security and tunities for mitigation and adaption to climate change. adopt a policy for sustainable integrated management and development to sustain the natural resources. research project imple- and West Africa as well as South Asia. In Southern Africa the project is being imple- in Namibia the focus is in Onesi Constituency in Omusati Region. It is funded by the Canadian The project aims to deepen the understanding of climate vulnerability and adaptation in semi-arid regions. ASSAR further aims climate change adaptation in development activities and to advance adaptive livelihoods for vulnerable groups in dry lands by building capacity and closing the knowledge gaps. LPO concerned about beef export market’s sustainability Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibian livestock producers contributed 45 percent of the total agricultural income for 2017 and earned a whopping N.4 billion from the sale of cattle - a drastic increase of N.4 billion compared to the N billion earned by cattle sales in 2016. But despite these impressive serious concern about the sustain- ready started to investigate how an optimal processing and marketing organisation should be composed and in which producers are directly involved in day-to-day operations. emphasise the worth and impact of the livestock sector and provide information and statistics as a baseline to guiding sustainability advanced stage and more details will emerge after a proper sustainability study has been completed. says it is critical for the Namibian economy that this industry stays healthy and sustainable. “The vi- local market for beef as well as importance to ensure a fair price for visited role players in the South African meat industry to get a Staff Reporter Windhoek pelts was dispatched to the Copenhagen Fur Auction House last Thursday. - pelts were submitted by Swakara producers. All pelts handed in at the various Agra branches are sent to they are sorted and packed. “After the rejects as well as the grey and brown pelts were with- Van Zyl. The number of white and spotted rate is currently not very favourable Smart farming… Despite booming cattle sales, experts are concerned about the sustainability of the Namibian beef export market better picture of the value chain to which Namibian weaners are delivered. The South African beef industry annually slaughters about is A grade. The cattle are mainly integrated in the total value chain year during the drought was close - meat will have to be absorbed in the SA market. now available in the market at a very competitive price. The ailing economic conditions force consumers to rather buy cheaper chicken and - for sales after the South African rand recently strengthened against prices will stay competitive for the the local Namibian market due to emergency sales may force prices downwards in the short term. marketed last year of which abattoirs in favour of local abattoirs was noticed. Various reasons could be offered such as higher prices and less compliance costs. The total cattle marketed in- mainly driven by a favourable price a year to year basis. It is important to note that the US dollar. slaughter cattle and weaners serve two distinct markets and that the two types of cattle cannot be interchanged due to different price a weaner fetched in Namibia cass weight. Cattle carcass prices year basis. The previous chairperson of makes no sense that secondary role - while farm production at grassroots level is handicapped. Farmers will be forced away from small stock production to other activities such as game and tourism. “Organised agriculture will have to be more strongly supported by the various agriculture needs to be loud and clear. Farmers need to realise that they must make provision for dry ment has other pressing social “Smart farming is the new approach to farming. This means the increased precision farming keeping of all farm matters. Another aspect of smart farming is the if such resources are used to the “A motivated workforce is of the utmost importance to unlock concludes. Pelts dispatched to Copenhagen Readying consignment… Pelt sorter Steven Gaingob, the pelt centre’s manager, Jaco van Zyl and pelt sorter Adolf Awaseb with a consignment of pelts they have just readied for export to Copenha- worse off in Namibia dollar compared to the September 2017 auc- offer Namibia should not struggle to sell her pelts. But if her offer shrinks be losing interest because they can- mink and chinchilla auction in noticed in prices. “Especially the good for fur sales. “ - to China at the end of 2017 and returned with positive feedback from prospective Chinese buyers. Swakara is a relatively well-known fur in China and is increasingly gaining ground in the Chinese fashion scene.

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