AMINUIS, 26 APR – Farmers in the Aminuis Constituency of the Omaheke Region, which is prone to drought due to its barren landscape, fear that the late rains received in the area could lead to another dry spell.
Although they appreciate the showers that have fallen over the constituency in the last two weeks or so, farmers here are of the opinion that the rain did not do much to avert another drought.
As the rainy season draws to an end, farmers fear that the conditions of the livestock in the constituency are not satisfactory to withstand a possible drought onslaught.
Namibia’s rainy season in this part of the country usually extends from late October until the end of March, but with shifting climatic conditions over recent years, this has not been consistent.
Livestock farmer Elieser Tjituka told Nampa on Sunday he is worried because they only started receiving rainfall late in the season.
“Had we received sufficient rain at the start of the season, we would be in a better position to go through the dry season. As it stands now, only God knows,” he said.
Another farmer, Ewald Tjingaete who is also a pensioner, said it will be extremely difficult for him to sustain his livestock on his meagre pension if veld conditions do not improve.
“There is currently no grass in the veld at all. The little that is there is too far for the animals, as they lose some of their body weight in the process of looking for the limited grazing,” he said.
Other farmers felt that overgrazing at most villages in the constituency, coupled with illegal camping on land, has drastically reduced good grazing land in the constituency.
Farmers now fear for the worst: a possible drought similar to the one experienced some two years ago, which resulted in the death of several livestock.
“We are now preparing for the inevitable as the rain seems to have gone and the cold is slowly setting in,” farmer George Hambira said.