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No cattle at Opuwo Trade Fair due to drought

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The Opuwo Town feels the draught impact as farmers who were supposed to bring bulls an cows to the Opuwo Trade Fair scheduled for the 28 May -02 June this year declined due to livestock conditions here.

The agricultural section of the Opuwo Trade Fair this year had limited its show to small stock only due to the drought situation in the region.

Kunene Region was declared draught stricken by President Hifikepunye Pohamba since last year a status it still carrying as very poor rainfall was received in the region this year.

The person in charge of the Agriculture section Irende Kavari told Nampa on Tuesday that farmers felt that it would just deteriorate the condition of their livestock to transport them to Opuwo and keep them in the kraals for the show.

“The Opuwo Trade Fair organizing committee felt it was pointless to have large stock or cattle on the show as they would not be in a good condition at all,” said Kavari.

Last year the show attracted 40 cattle, of which includes 15 bulls and 35 cows and heifers.

“Not to cancel the agricultural section completely from the trade fair this year the agricultural part will only have small stock in the name of goats and sheep,” noted Kavari.

In the 2013 Opuwo Trade Fair had 30 goats and 15 sheep that competed in the agricultural show for different prices.

Last year farmers registered with N.dollar 50 per small stock while cattle where registered with N.dollar 150 per animal.

He said the prices for the registration per small livestock to participate in the show are still being established as to the prices that would be won this year.

The registration to participate in the OpuwoTrade Fair this year started on Monday this week.

(edited)OPUWO: 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.

“The Opuwo Trade Fair’s organising committee felt it was pointless to have large stock or cattle at the show as they would not be in a good condition at all,” he stated.

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

“So as not to exclude the agriculture section completely from the trade fair, that part will only have small stock, such as goats and sheep this year,” Kavari noted.

Last year, farmers paid a N.dollars 50 registration fee each for small stock, while cattle were registered for N.dollars 150 per animal.

Kavari said registration fees for this year’s livestock are still being decided on.

Registration for the Opuwo Trade Fair started on Monday.

NAMPA

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