Namibia’s rural communities in the west Erongo region on Wednesday received breeding goats from the government in a move set to improve the livelihood of the communities as well contribute to food and nutrition security in the country.
Namibia’s Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus Naruseb in his keynote address said the initiative is in line with the country’s national development plans and the ministry’s strategic plan of empowering the least privileged communities.
“The beneficiaries that are receiving small stock for breeding purposes today were selected by constituency committees in collaboration with traditional authorities,” he said.
Naruseb said the “Small Stock Development and Distribution to Communal Areas” is a capital project initiated by the ministry as a follow-up phase of a similar project that was successfully implemented in 2015 to 2016, which was piloted and implemented in other regions.
The project is aimed at providing a quality core breeding flock of suitable goats to selected vulnerable households to gain a sustainable means of income generation and enhanced food and nutrition security, he said, adding that the Erongo region is one of the six benefiting regions for the 2019/2020 financial year.
“However the distribution could not be done earlier due to prolonged droughts and the delayed onset of the rainfall for the 2019/2020 rain season. Prior to this event, the region confirmed that the rangeland conditions have improved to sustain the breeding materials,” he noted.
Furthermore, the minister said under the project beneficiaries will also be supported with the construction of kraals, small stock equipment as well as veterinary vaccines and drugs. Enditem