Namibia: Traditional Authority Concerned Over Livestock Relocation

12 February 2020

THE Swartbooi Traditional Authority has expressed concerns over the uncontrolled temporary relocation of livestock for grazing from one farm to another in the authority's jurisdiction.

Speaking to Nampa on Monday, senior traditional councillor Otto Charles /Mirabeau said several complaints were raised with their office about farmers relocating livestock without the consent of communal farmers and the authority.

"Most of the farms have been hit hard by the drought, but that does not mean any person can, without permission, take their livestock for grazing on a farm that already has livestock. We understand that they want their livestock to have better grazing, but some procedures need to be followed," he said.

/Uirab added that farmers that need to relocate their livestock must first approach people farming at the specific farm they want to temporarily relocate their livestock to, and after being given the green light, approach the traditional authority office at Fransfontein for approval and record-keeping. The practice of relocating livestock is common as some farms in the area receive limited or no rain and some farmers then move their livestock from one farm to another when the livestock consumes all grazing.

"We are aware of the farmers that take chances by relocating their livestock as they want. It is not fair that they are doing this. Our office will constantly be monitoring these farmers. It is a headache for all of us," /Uirab said.

He added that letters must be written by farmers that want to relocate their livestock, as the traditional authority has to keep a record of the relocation of livestock.

The authority intervened on several occasions, whereby livestock had to be returned to their original farms as they were relocated without the consent of the traditional authority.

About 41 communal farming areas are registered under the jurisdiction of the authority.

- Nampa

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