Zero cattle on offer at Oshana auction

19 July 2019 | Agriculture

The Oshana Regional Livestock Marketing Cooperative suspects that livestock prices have dropped so low because of the drought that farmers are no longer willing to sell.

No sellers turned up for a scheduled auction at Ompundja in the Oshana Region last month.

The coordinator of the Oshana Regional Livestock Marketing Cooperative, Kalimbo Ipumbu, says the auction attracted many prospective buyers, but not a single farmer brought livestock for sale.

Kalimbo says this was the second failed auction in the region this year.

“We are disappointed that farmers who are losing their cattle due to drought are not taking their livestock to auction instead.“





“We marketed the auction through the radio and the committee that manages the auction kraal also mobilised their fellow farmers, but no one turned up,” Kalimbo says.

“Buyers were there in large numbers. We suspect that the low livestock prices in many of the regions are the reason why farmers decided to stay away.

“At the last auction we organised a few months ago, many farmers and buyers turned up but not a single cow was sold because the farmers were asking a lot of money.”

Contacted for comment, the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) president, Jason Emvula, attributed the situation to poor marketing.

“Farmers informed me that they were not aware of the said auction because it was not well marketed. Many of the farmers are desperate and it is impossible that they will snub such an opportunity,” said Emvula.

Because of the drought many farmers are struggling to find fodder and water for their livestock.

The farmers' union is therefore urging its members to sell most of their cattle and use the money to buy fodder for the few remaining animals.

The ministry of agriculture established the Ompundja auction kraal for the Oshana Region in 2016.

ILENI NANDJATO

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