Okatyali welcomes good rain

25 April 2018 | Local News

Farmers at Okatyali in the Oshana Region are heaving a sigh of relief as green grass begins to cover the area and the prolonged drought is now finally over.

Over the years, the area has been a popular grazing area for farmers but, with very little rainfall, there has not been sufficient grass and water. This year, however, good rainfall was received and the regional councillor for the constituency, Joseph Mupetami, is of the view that things are looking up for residents.

“We have received good rainfall this year and I am very thankful. The rain came late and many farmers were losing hope, but it will be a good farming year,” Mupetami said.

“Touring the area, all the mahangu fields are looking promising and the harvest will be good this year. This makes life easier for me as a councillor because there will be not be a high demand for drought relief food which brings many challenges. I am hoping that farmers will also be able to sell their surplus mahangu to government,” he said.

He said that despite the high water levels in the oshanas and the closure of roads, there have been no reports of accidents.

A livestock farmer in the area, Nestoli Kashima, said this year things are looking much better.

“I am not saying the whole area has received good rainfall as there are still people at the far end of the area who have not had enough but, there is enough grazing,” Kashima said.

Another farmer, Andreas Eino, said the area is faced with challenges of access adding they are now finding it difficult to get to their cattle post as all the oshanas are filled with rain water.

“We are thankful that there is water all over the area and our livestock will not be struggling for the coming months. We are however finding it difficult to access our cattle post due to a lack of access road. It will be good if there was an access road to the far-off areas of the grazing land,” Eino said. Mupetami advised farmers that due to good rainfall this year, farmers need to take the opportunity to sell their livestock while in good condition.

“This will be the best opportunity for our farmers to sell their livestock as they will be in good condition and they will give owners a good return,” Mupetami said.

ILENI NANDJATO

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