Agricultural Union assists resettled farmers with required fodder for livestock
The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) through its member project is assisting resettled and communal farmers with grass and fodder for their livestock.
Due to the severe drought in southern parts of the country, NAU members from the northern and eastern parts started an initiative to provide surplus fodder to NAU members in the drought stricken areas of the South, especially the Warmbad and Bethanie areas.
The assistance provided includes delivery of grass as well as lucerne which is purchased from farmers at Hardap. Through this initiative farmers are able to feed their core herds to enable them to continue farming again after the rainy season.
“However, the assistance to NAU members now also includes communal and resettlement farmers in those drought stricken areas. Apart from grass that is donated by farmers in the northern and eastern areas, lucerne is also bought from the generous support of institutions such as FNB, who contributed N$100,000 to that initiative and also Sanlam who contributed N$10,000. This money will be used to buy the lucerne and distribution will take place through the Keetmanshoop and Karasburg Extension offices,” said Ryno van der Merwe, President of the union.
Van der Merwe added that contribution by other NAU Farmers Associations and individual NAU members is used to pay for the transport of donated grass to these areas. “In some cases beneficiaries are also requested to contribute to the transport costs,” he added.
Caption: Grateful communal and resettlement farmers are loading grass for transport to their farms.