Lake Oponona still dry

Farmers at Uuvudhiya in the Oshana Region say they are still without water for their livestock despite recent rain in the area.

11 January 2017 | Disasters

Farmers in the Uuvudhiya grazing area of the Oshana Region say they were hopeful when it started raining toward the end of last year, but became despondent when the rain stopped and Lake Oponona was still empty.

Largely thanks to Lake Oponona the Uuvudhiya area became home to a vast number of animal posts for farmers from Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Omusati and Oshana.

A farmer from the Ohangwena Region, Nghipandulwa Djuulume, says grazing conditions have improved, but they still have no water for their cattle.

Farmers are still driving their cattle long distances to places where there is water.

He says only small ponds are filled with water but it is not enough for the large number of cattle in the area.

“The situation remains critical, but stable. Farmers are all over the area searching for their animals that went wild in search of water. The situation became worse when Lake Oponona dried up in October and the shortage of grass intensified.

“Farmers were spending a lot of money to bring in water and buy fodder for their livestock. When it rained, at least the grazing improved, but the water crisis remained and livestock are fleeing to places where there is water,” Djuulume says.

According to him, he started farming at Uuvudhiya in 1998 and he has never experienced a drought like this before.

“This is the first time I am seeing Lake Oponona without water due to poor rainfall last year. Since I started farming here, Oponona could hold water throughout the year. Grazing has been the thing challenging us, but this year we are faced with both water and grazing shortages.”

Uuvudhiya farmers depend on lakes Oponona and Yinakulu yomadhiya for water.

There have been calls at farmers' meetings for the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to rehabilitate these two lakes at the end of the Cuvelai delta.

After Lake Oponona dried up last year, NamWater tried to recharge the lake, but the effort failed. NamWater pumped water from the Olushandja Dam in mid-July and used a 130km unlined canal to channel the water to Uuvudhiya. But all the water had seeped into the soil about 50km from Oponona.

ILENI NANDJATO

Similar News

 

Harvey's path of destruction

1 month - 30 August 2017 | Disasters

More than three days after Harvey ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane, authorities had confirmed only three deaths - including a woman...

Government drafts disaster plan

1 month - 25 August 2017 | Disasters

Following several years of natural disasters of devastating floods and droughts that have struck the north-central areas of Namibia, an integrated drought and flood management...

Regional force to distribute food in Kunene

1 month - 25 August 2017 | Disasters

Roughly 1 000 military personnel are expected to participate in the Blue Kunene exercise that will distribute humanitarian aid in the Kunene Region from 20...

Zuma stays put

2 months ago - 09 August 2017 | Disasters

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has survived a motion of no confidence in his presidency, held via secret ballot in parliament.Following a two-hour debate and...

Water secure until 2020

2 months ago - 01 August 2017 | Disasters

With the available water resources, as well as the stipulated Windhoek water savings, NamWater is confident that the water security of the central region, particularly...

104 drought boreholes in limbo

2 months ago - 27 July 2017 | Disasters

The unused boreholes reported on by Namibian Sun last week were not drilled under the South African government's N$100 million donation to Namibia. That funding...

Windhoek digs deep for water

2 months ago - 24 July 2017 | Disasters

The City of Windhoek is hard at work to diversify water supply options in order to reduce its reliance on bulk supplier NamWater as part...

Enough water for 24 months in central area

2 months ago - 19 July 2017 | Disasters

Cabinet committee member on water supply Pedro Maritz said the central area of Namibia now has enough water to last at least for the next...

Fukushima trial kicks off

3 months ago - 03 July 2017 | Disasters

Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) on Friday pleaded not guilty to professional negligence leading to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, though an...

'The drought will be back'

3 months ago - 21 June 2017 | Disasters

Minister for Agriculture, John Mutorwa, has expressed concern about recurring drought conditions globally, brought about by climate change.“It is not a question of whether drought...

Latest News

Norwegian quota advertised

5 hours ago | Agriculture

The Meat Board of Namibia has started with the process to allocate the Norwegian quota for 2018 to appropriate export abattoirs.Namibia is in possession of...

Anthrax fears rise

5 hours ago | Environment

Botswana authorities are on high alert following the discovery of hippo carcasses in the Okavango River that succumbed to an anthrax outbreak in Namibia. These...

25% of babies born without...

5 hours ago | Health

South Africa is the only country in the sub-region with a sexual, reproductive, maternal, new-born and adolescent health (SRMNAH) workforce that is large enough and...

Shot of the day

5 hours ago | Picture of the day

BERRIES GALORE: A picture taken with a drone shows Belarusians harvesting cranberries at a farm in the village of Selishche, some 290 km south of...

Swapo must reform

5 hours ago | Opinion

The silly season is now in full swing following last weekend's central committee meeting of the ruling party, which wrapped up nominations for the top...

Hell descends on Portugal

5 hours ago | International

A wave of wildfires in central and north Portugal which started at the weekend has killed at least 31 people, civil defence authorities say.Dozens of...

Record weaner season closes

5 hours ago | Agriculture

A total of 15 940 cattle were sold at this year's weaner auctions compared to 5 977 cattle sold in 2016. The average weaner calf...

Ox producers compete

5 hours ago | Agriculture

The winners of this year's Slaughter Ox Competition that is hosted by Agra Auctions was recently announced at an event held in Windhoek. The competition...

Cup kick-off date unconfirmed

5 hours ago | Sports

The organisers of the Petrus Kavhura Cup have announced that they will only set the kick-off date of the tournament at the end of this...

Load More