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Posts by Charles Tjatindi:
As a result of global warming, the planet’s climate is changing and its effect is being felt the world over. And one of the most important parameters of climate is rainfall. The unavailability of sufficient land for traditional farming practices such as large-scale animal husbandry or crop farming has discouraged many to turn to farming. Farmer Elton Gurirab who is based at |Â#gomes (|Naras), a communal area in the Erongo region near Okombahe, last week made history after fetching the highest price ever for a communal farmer at a small stock stud auction. It is encouraging to pen a story of a communal farmer defying all odds and doing well in the dog-eat-dog world of livestock stud farming. In 2016, Kausehue Marenga bought six stud ewes from renowned farmer Pieter Coetzee. Before we go any further, it is important to note that all business forms have hiccups and would most probably fall - and rise - along the way. Now, let’s look at why farmers often do not make it. The annual Oruharui SME and Agricultural Expo plans to come back bigger and better for its third edition later this year. Among the anticipated improvement to the annual showcase will be the addition of better kraal pens and holding facilities for the livestock at the event. Meet Caroline Hiambazapo, who operates an errand running business that allows farmers to purchase livestock and related products through her. Hiambazapo has given a new meaning and purpose to an otherwise mundane task of running errands for others. Communal farmers north of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF), infamously known as the ‘Red Line’, deserve applause. How these farmers have worked to create a market for the products, despite the restrictions that come with the Red Line, is commendable. Unotjari Kavari has become a household name amongst small stock breeders in Namibia, with his unique blend of sheep breeds that have kept him a step ahead of many others in the industry. Back in the days – and to a lesser extent today still – agriculture was used as a punishment in schools. If a learner is deemed to have defied reasonable orders or instructions from a teacher, such learner was ‘sentenced’ to weed out the school’s miniature vegetable garden. The Okahatjipara Agri Shows and Auction Society intends to change the way agricultural shows are perceived by staging a weeklong farmers’ information session. EPHRAIM Nekongo needs no introduction in political circles. As a staunch ruling Swapo party leader, he has been at the forefront of various party and country developments for years. If you are a hands-off farmer, then small-stock rearing is not for you. FARMERS in southern Namibia are battling to contain the effect of ‘green drought’. Food insecurity is a major challenge in African countries, where the rate at which the population grows far exceeds both the quantity and quality of food required to sustain the population. It is reported that 204 million of the 814 million undernourished people in the world live in sub-Saharan Africa. Full-time communal farmer Rosa Korukuve has eventually managed to kick off one of her longest standing ambitions by starting up a vegetable garden to complement her household needs. For years now, the discussion of adding value to the country’s resources has been a topical issue. We have all partaken in the discussion around the issue. At least we all agree that adding value to Namibian products before they are exported is the right thing to do. Traditional farming, which largely involved keeping on a few animals for prestige, has surely outlived its days. Ukaurua Kandee, an ardent stud farmer plying his trade in the communal area of Omaheke, has had to improvise and adjust his farming operations several times to bring the best out of his products.