Drought in Kunene Region making its impact once again as decision taken to exclude large livestock at Opuwo Trade Fair

The drought in the Kunene Region is making its impact felt once again as a decision has now been taken to exclude large livestock from the agriculture section at this year’s Opuwo Trade Fair.

The trade fair is scheduled to run from 28 May to 02 June, and only small stock will be allowed in the agriculture section.

The Kunene Region was declared drought-stricken by President Hifikepunye Pohamba last year, and there has been no improvement in the situation as very little rain was received in the region this year.

Irende Kavari, who is in charge of the agricultural section at the trade fair, told Nampa on Tuesday that there were concerns about the current conditions of large stock due to the drought.

Farmers also felt transporting their livestock to Opuwo and keeping the livestock in kraals at the trade fair would only weaken their conditions.

Last year, the show attracted 50 heads of cattle, including 15 bulls and 35 cows and heifers.