Tough times for Namibian farmers

A statement released by the Namibia Agriculture Union said farmers in the drought-ravaged southern African country need years to recover.

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Namibia is currently in the throng of a second drought inside three years.

In a statement released Friday but made available Monday, the union said the animal sector is the hardest hit.

The report says the effects of the past year’s serious drought that hit large parts of Namibia will be felt long after the period and that the agriculture sector will take a few more years to recover.

The union further warned that it is impossible to keep large amounts of animals during the drought period because of the huge cost of feed.

“It is thus very difficult for farmers to return to their original levels of production and if so, it will be brought about only over a long period,” the union says.

It adds that the resultant shortage is most likely to lead to high costs for red meat or a shortage. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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