The councillor of the Otamanzi constituency in the Omusati region has expressed concern over animals that destroy crops of the San community in Amarika village, saying it will result in deepened poverty.
Johannes Iiyambo told New Era via telephone last week there is a need for government to assist with fencing materials for the crops.
Drought in the area force livestock to walk long distances for water and on their way back, they destroy the crops of these previously disadvantaged people.
“These people have impressed me with the way they have worked this year. I went to assess the area and I was impressed. However, the only issue I have is that animals that belong to cattle post owners are badly destroying the crops,” he emphasised.
He wished that the directorate responsible for the marginalised will look into helping them with fencing materials, saying, in the long run, growing food will encourage them to not rely on the government for survival.
“You can tell that these people are tired of only getting food from the government and want to produce their own food. It is a good move; hence they need urgent help,” said the councillor.
Senia Endjala, the development planner in the gender equality and poverty eradication ministry under which the directorate of marginalised communities fall, said they have made an assessment and are planning to assist the community with fencing materials.
“We have a list of 34 houses that were assessed and are expected to benefit from the programme, and not only Amarika. We will start giving them those fences very soon,” she promised.
Endjala said they want people to work on their own to create self-sustainability.
Meanwhile, Iiyambo further said the drought has forced community members to dig earth dams, hoping to find water.
“Of course there are areas that have clean water; however the water pipe that supplies water to those areas has very low pressure,” he said.