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Healthy cattle from Okakarara

Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon John Mutorwa opening the State Veterinary Office at Okakarara, one of five new animal health facilities funded by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia.

Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon John Mutorwa opening the State Veterinary Office at Okakarara, one of five new animal health facilities funded by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia.

A new State Veterinary Office in Okakarara was opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon. John Mutorwa last week. This modern veterinary clinic will help cattle farmers in the region to meet international meat standards and export requirements. The new facility is funded by the Millenium Challenge Account Namibia.
The modern animal health facility provides supreme working conditions for its staff of 15 professionals and skilled technicians. The complex consists of offices, meeting rooms, a laboratory, a sterilisation room, freezer and cold rooms, a post mortem room, large and small animal treatment areas, an operating theatre, a pharmacy, kennels and holding pens as well as an incinerator. The Okakarara facility is one of five State Veterinary Offices that MCA Namibia built with funds from the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation in communal farming areasb to improve veterinary infrastructure in remote parts and to improve animal health.  The five veterinary facilities together cost N$104 million of which N$ 6 million came from the ministry. The other animal health centres are located at Epukiro, Omuthiya, Eenhana and Outapi. Mutorwa highlighted the importance of animal health in the Otjozondjupa Region where more than 6,000 of the 34,000 households are involved with livestock farming.

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