Even though Namibia is facing one of the worst droughts recorded, crop farmers in the Hardap Region are not deterred as they continue using the little resources they have in order to make ends meet.
The resettled farmers at Bernafay agricultural project and Westfallen in Mariental Rural Constituency said that they will not solely rely on the government’s drought relief programme but will use all resources at their disposal to avert the effects of the drought in order to remain productive.
During her recent visit to the region last month to assess the drought, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah urged farmers to practise solidarity amongst themselves and share resources in order to meet the government halfway and mitigate the impact of drought.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the Office of the Prime Minister would implement drought response mechanisms which include providing those affected by severe drought with food, water, and also provide livestock with the necessary feed.
The farmers, who have lived on the farms for years, currently receive assistance from government in the form of seeds. They grow orange orchards, onions as well as potatoes which they sell to generate income for each household.
Apart from oranges, the farmers at Bernafay also grow vegetables such as onions and potatoes. During the rainy season they receive a substantial amount of water. One farmer, Anna Erland, emphasised the need to become self-sufficient in order to become more productive and meet government halfway.