Drought: N$21m paid out to farmers

A total of 5 383 claims were received from farmers under the livestock marketing incentive scheme, with 3 031, valued at N$18.6 million, already paid.

06 March 2020 | Disasters

About N$21 million has been paid out to farmers under different incentives and subsidies.

Farmers must submit their outstanding claims by today to the agriculture ministry.

According to the ministry, it was tasked by Cabinet to implement drought interventions in all 14 regions of the country.

These interventions include the livestock marketing incentive scheme, the animal feed subsidy and the lease of grazing and transport subsidy to assist drought-affected communities.

A total of 5 383 claims under the livestock marketing incentive scheme were received from farmers. Out of these, 3 031 claims valued at N$18.6 million were paid to farmers. According to the ministry, the remaining 2 353 claims are still being processed for payment.

Under the animal feed subsidy, 4 510 claims were received from farmers. Out of these, 1 440 claims valued at N$1.6 million were paid. The remaining 3 070 claims are being processed.

A total of 204 claims for the lease of grazing and transport subsidy, valued at more than N$716 500, were received and paid.

“The ministry would like to assure farmers that all claims submitted on or before the due date will be settled.”

Farmers are therefore urged to submit their claims before the due date, which is today, at ministry offices countrywide.

ELLANIE SMIT

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