16 FARMERS Tuesday, November 21 2017 | NEW ERA Tomorrow is Van Rooy Sheep Day Staff Reporter Windhoek The vast inroads Van Rooy sheep have made in the past decade has resulted in tomorrow being declared Van Rooy Sheep Day for all small stock farmers. The big day at Namboer Auctions in Windhoek is the brainchild of the Namibian Van Rooy Breeders Association and proceedings will kick off at 09h00 already with an information session, followed by an inspection course, both of which will prove very informative. At 18h00 organisers will reward its members with honorary membership awards and thereafter two Van Rooy sheep will land up on the spit and the meat will be accompanied by succulent, traditional sheep potjiekos. All Van Rooy breeders and farmers King sheep…King David, the immaculate Van Rooy ram of Piet Coetzee, rewrote the record books for the breed when it was recently sold to Karl Persendt for a whopping N 000. Photo Contributed interested in the sheep breed are welcome to attend the events of the day. in 1906 by (and named for) JC van Rooy, a South African farmer in the Bethulie district. It is a cross between indigenous Ronderib Afrikaner sheep and Rambouillets. It is a fat-tailed hairy sheep generally kept for meat production, and is very well-suited to arid climates. Van Rooys are polled, have drooping ears, and are entirely white. The breed is relatively rare, even in South Africa, but has also been exported to Namibia and Zimbabwe. Van Rooys are strong and hardy to cope with regular droughts; are fertile in order to maintain a high percentage of production; and have an excellent conformation. The Van Rooy is a mediumto large-framed sheep and both rams and ewes are polled. The sheep has a characteristic dewlap from the jaw to the brisket and a very prominent chest and brisket. The breed is covered with strong white hair. The upper part of the body must have a woolly mixture. On the head, legs and lower parts of the body the hair is short and devoid of wool. The tail is characteristically fat-rumped and consists of two parts – the main upper part and the switch. The main portion is oval towards the rear with a slight upward tilt at the end from which the switch hangs down vertically. The switch is smooth with short hair and no wool. The size of the tail should be well in proportion with the rest of the sheep. Van Rooy ewes can be mated throughout the year and are ideally suited for accelerated lambing systems. The sheep prefer arid to semi-arid savannah. The skin makes good glove leather. Van Rooy rams are widely used to produce cross-bred lambs, which put on fat on the carcass at a much earlier stage than when cross breeding two nonfat-tailed breeds. Drastic action needed to halt bush encroachment – Hailwa Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibians will have to quickly learn to speak the same language when it comes to controlling bush encroachment with it affecting one third of Namibian prime land and with it having increased drastically over the last couple of decades. It’s now time for drastic action to halt this thief that is robbing Namibia of billions of dollars each year, director of forestry in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) Joseph Hailwa, reminded his audience, pointing out the dangers of bush encroachment. of the Decision Support System on how to control bush thickening by Acacia Mellifera (S.Mellifera) and a handy Bush Control Manual last week in Windhoek during the National Rangeland Management Policy and Strategy (NRMPS) and Bush Encroachment Forum. He noted that the government through partnerships with donor organisations, was working on strategies to tackle bush encroachment effectively. Such strategies include the piloting of bush feed for cattle and game, the development of capacity building materials, as well as environmental and forestry guidelines Time for action… Director of forestry in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Joseph Hailwa (middle) last week launched two booklets on bush encroachment during in-depth discussions on the way forward to halt bush thickening in Namibian rangelands. With him are Johannes Laufs, technical advisor to GIZ Support to De-bushing Project (left) and Progress Kashandula (right), the general manager of De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS). Photo: Contributed on bush control and biomass utilisation, among others “Bush encroachment is not solution. Therefore, we need to join hands with those who are contributing to eradicating this problem, as I believe that this challenge can be overcome if we pull our efforts together more synergistically,” he observed. capacity of animals is at the root of the current destruction, especially communal areas, Hailwa says both the Decision Support System booklet on how to manage Acacia Mellifera species, as well as the Manual on Bush Control were developed by Namibian rangeland experts. It provides farmers with information on how to control bush encroachment on their rangelands. With emphasis on bush control and aftercare measures to avoid the cycle of bush encroachment, bush control and back to bush encroachment. The publications will further be utilised by Agricultural Extension Services and other advisory services in the country to reach out to farmers on the implementation of sustainable bush control and rangeland management. amibians mbrace rganic ardening Staff Reporter Okahandja Organic gardening and the need to become food secure is fast becoming a priority for Namibians from all walks of life. This became very evident during a course on using basic compost techniques, earthworms and effective micro-organisms to improve soil and plant health at Okahandja hosted by the Namibian Organic Association (NOA). Course facilitator Manjo Krige expressed surprise at the intense interest from participants from far and near. Small-scale crop farmers, as well as representatives of the commercial crop industry, Organic is the way… Attendants from far and near attended the Namibia Organic Association (NOA) course in basic compost techniques in Okahandja. Photo: Contributed arrived from virtually all corners of Namibia to attend the one-day workshop. Wessels Afrikaner from the Khomas Region described the course as interesting, practical, short and to the point: “What I did not understand on composting during the theoretical part, I grasped through the practical session.” Tjikune Donald from Omaheke said it was an awesome experience. He attended with his very excited mother, Angelika, and said afterwards that it was an enlightening feeling to be able to produce one’s own food in one’s own backyard. They are already planning to employ a few people and start their own organic gardening operation. Tjikune feels the informative course needs to go national to show people what can be achieved with the right soil and organic techniques. Julianna Bernardo from the north of the country said it was a big experience. “I learned about the overall health of organic veggies, the importance of protecting our environment and natural habitats,” she said. Frank Bockmühl, who owns a worm farm, said he had started before with compost-making, but only realised during the course that he made quite a few “category 1” mistakes. “My compost was predominantly based on cattle manure, with only the smaller portion being dry material (grass and garden cuttings). Then I, in order to prevent evaporation, covered my compost with plastic. I immediately removed this on Sunday and separated the compost, which is now covered with lots of dry grass. In future I will plan my compost well ahead, collecting suitable material as from now onwards.” Regarding his worm farm, Bockmühl is certain that he is on the right track, as the worms are fat and healthy. Tjavanga Toromba from Otjizondjupa described it as a wonderful day. “The information was overwhelming and we have adopted from the course the method of anaerobic fertiliser formulation on a larger scale to be able satisfy the size of our current gardens and plantations,” he said. Nazeem Hepute from Otjizondjupa said he learned a lot about the overall health of organic veggies, as well as the importance of protecting the environment and natural habitats.
Tuesday, November 21 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 17 For the record... A man uses a mobile phone to record President Robert Mugabe’s speech from a television while gathered at The Rainbow Towers in Harare on Sunday. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in a much-expected TV address, stressed he was still in power after his authoritarian 37-year reign was rocked by a military takeover. Many Zimbabweans expected Mugabe to resign after the army seized power last week. But Mugabe delivered his speech alongside the uniformed generals who were behind the military intervention. In his address, Mugabe made no reference to the clamour for him to resign. Germany in crisis as coalition talks collapse - - - - - - Mugabe’s end game …how he could leave power HARARE Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - – Nampa/AFP GIZ Community-Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) Project INVITATION TO TENDER Camping Equipment The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is owned cooperation for sustainable development and international education. GIZ provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalized world. Our corporate objective is to improve people’s lives on a sustainable basis The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), in partnership with GIZ, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is currently implementing the “Support to Community Based Natural Resource Management” (CBNRM) Project. The Project’s overall objective is to support the Directorate of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) in the coherent implementation of the CBNRM policy on all levels (national, regional and local). With the formation of a communal Conservancy, rural communities are empowered to ensuring the long-term health of the resource base – the natural environment. This encourages environmental restoration and biodiversity conservation. MET developed the CBNRM policy and the “Guidelines for the Management of Conservancies and Standard Operating Procedures” (SOPs) that direct and assist its own staff and those of supporting organisations in their attempts to improve the organisational performance of Conservancies. Within this context, Namibia's Community Game Guards are key actors for the implementation of CBNRM. They play a crucial role in patrolling, monitoring of wildlife and other resources, anti-poaching and law enforcement. In order to strengthen the conservancy’s effort in natural resource management, the CBNRM project wants to support the community game guards. In light of the above, GIZ is inviting competent and registered bidders to submit their proposal for the supply and delivery of camping equipment for the CBNRM project. Interested and competent companies to request the tender document via email: firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date for submission of tender: 27 November 2017 at 11h00