OTJIWARONGO, 05 APR – Livestock, crop and vegetable farmers at Otjiwarongo are thrilled with the good rainfall received here recently.
About 100 millimetres (ml) of rain have been recorded since March and beginning of April this year, said Agricultural Technician in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Saima Nambuli.
The agriculturalist told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday that in January and February 2018, low rainfall of 27 ml and 59 ml in the Otjiwarongo district was recorded, compared to the 93 ml in March alone and 5 ml so far in April.
“The sky also continues to promise more rain, and we hope it rains until middle of April,” Nambuli said.
A goat and cattle farmer outside Otjiwarongo, Ludwig Tjirare, on Wednesday told this news agency that his livestock had picked up good weight in March alone, as grass grew above the knees in some portions of his grazing land.
“It is a good feeling as a farmer. I was worried since December 2017 after it did not rain well and the grass on my farmland was stuck at merely 1 centimetre.”
Tjirare said if the rain continues to fall until mid-April, his livestock will survive and multiply this whole year.
A crop and vegetable farmer at the Otjiveg fields, Hendrick Morosi, said he is excited about the rainfall received so far in the area, more especially after the drought experienced in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
“It had been difficult for my gardens of maize, sweet potatoes, sunflower and fig trees to grow and bear fruit for the past three years,” he said.
Morosi is hoping for a bumper harvest at the end of April from his fields.
Owner of the TW Tulongeni Fruit and Vegetable field, Werner Hamukwaya, said the arrival of rainfall restores hope for his maize field, orange trees and variety of vegetables.
“I am really happy for my crops and vegetables. They have started to grow green and bear fruits,” he said.