The worst drought in decades in Namibia has deepened, according to the latest Namibia Crop Prospect and Food Security Situation Report.
Issued by the Namibia Early Warning and Food Information Unit (NEWFIU) in March 2013, the report says the country is hard hit by drought and as a result, crop production showed a negative outlook, poor grazing conditions are experienced as drought conditions intensify, and the food security situation is weakening.
Poor rainfall performance has been dominating the season since the start of the season in October last year up to February 2013.
Most parts of the country received little amounts of rainfall, which is way too far from normal, except the extreme north-east where the rainfall amount received is near normal levels, it stressed.
According to the Namibia Meteorological Services, since the start of the 2012/2013 rainfall season, till February this year, both months recorded extremely lower amounts of rain than normal.
According to rain-fed crop producers, poor rainfall performance has been seen in the forms of prolonged dry spells, erratic, sporadic and insufficient rainfalls since October last year up to February 2013.