21 September 2012

Namibia: Kunene Goat Distribution Ends Successfully

THE German Special Initiative Programme (GSIP) goat distribution project was concluded at Grootberg in the Kunene Region on Tuesday after initial hiccups.

A total of 585 Boer goat ewes with lambs, together with 29 certified Boer goat rams, were distributed to 65 households in the Grootberg area of the Sesfontein Constituency.

The goat distribution that was scheduled to be done last weekend was stopped after discrepancies were detected in the selection of beneficiaries.

A new committee was formed, which completed the process on Tuesday.

Each beneficiary received nine ewes and lambs, while rams have to be shared by neighbours.

Farming training was provided to the farmers, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry together with farmers' associations will provide technical support.

Beneficiaries signed contracts binding them to give back 10 ewes from their flocks after three years, to be distributed among the next group of beneficiaries.

"It [distribution project] was a success and we thank the Germans for the assistance," chief Max Haraseb of the /Gaio-o-Daman Traditional Authority said yesterday. The chief said communities in rural areas such as Grootberg are drowning in extreme poverty.

"The government must work hand in hand with the traditional authorities to address this extreme poverty situation," Haraseb said.

The German Special Initiative Programme office in Windhoek applauded the Sesfontein Constituency office and the traditional authority "for handling such a delicate process with the seriousness it deserves and for the successful livestock distribution exercise at Grootberg".

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