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Posts by Charles Tjatindi:
Agriculture remains an important source of livelihood for the majority of Africans, but the sector is still very unproductive. Before fruit, vegetables and other produce reach grocery store shelves, several sets of hands have touched the food that ends up on our kitchen tables. It is high time the government revisit its resettlement programme, which is yet to fully emancipate landless people. The programme has done little to turn former landless people into fully fledged commercial farmers. Lambing and kidding season is an important time for a small ruminant operation. The survival of newborn lambs and kids is paramount to the economic viability of the farm. The new lamb or kid crop is the product of investments and decisions regarding genetics, and the next generation sets the stage for the future of the flock or herd. Determining whether it is best to confine your livestock to a closed space, such as a camp or kraal, is crucial for their survival. The Omaheke region will host a first-of-its-kind Agricultural Food Conference-Expo (Agri-food ConfEX), which is intended on addressing food insecurity in the region, with emphasis on maximising the region’s potential as a formidable food hub for its people. It is commendable that many modern farmers have upgraded from traditional farming methods - where farming was largely for prestige, to more business minded farming. Simply put, the pride of having hundreds of heads of cattle follow each other in a straight line is now something of the past as we know. The name Agnes Limbo rings strongly in political circles. Most startup farmers are faced with one critical decision; deciding what mode of farming to take. If you thought deciding on this is as easy as milking a cow, think again. Lets face it; farming is a highly glamourised sector. It has now become the ‘in-thing’ and those who are lucky to have made it further than others waste no time reminding us of such. Ndasilohenda Katangolo-Nakashwa is the Feedmaster Female Farmer of the Year in the poultry division. Farmers in the Eiseb area of the Omaheke region, which boost one of the highest concentrations of poisonous plants, such as the gifblaar, have started their annual migration of livestock to safe areas. In these tough economic times, farmers are called upon to be innovative in their approach to farming and are also expected to save at all cost in the interest of their farming enterprises. Sadly, farmers often miss out on feasible opportunities to save much needed dollars due to the discard of traditional farming knowledge. Pelson Hoveka, also known as ‘Pelle’ in farming circles, has been around the block a few times despite his age. His love for farming has seen him taking his trade to different places across Namibia over the years. One of the biggest mistakes you can ever make as a farmer is being far away from your animals or produce for too long. School learners doing agriculture as a subject in the Otjozondjupa region, recently benefited from a free animal course on judging animals. IN THIS EVER-changing world where new inventions are the order of the day and technology keeps becoming more advanced by the day, it has become crucial for farmers to get on board by empowering themselves with new skills. Livestock farmers need to constantly test their bulls for fertility in order to make sure they get the best results from their herd. This is the view of renowned veterinarian Baby Kaurivi Katunahange. The white Brahman has been a wonder of farming for years, with many farmers excitedly breeding it in their herds for several reasons. One common misconception in farming is that one always has to go bigger to reap the best results. My experience has taught me otherwise; it is not as clear cut as that. In any business undertaking, growing it and bringing such business into the mainstream economy is often viewed as success. I have however found that this is not necessarily the case in farming. Kakunamuua Kahiha never knew that one day he would be a stud breeder of his own herd of sheep. Growing up, sheep rearing was a favourite pastime, and one in which he excelled. At the time, the family farmed with a mixed breed of Damara, Dorper and Van Rooy sheep - mainly for meat.