By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has requested NamWater to urgently pump water from Olushandja Dam to drought stricken areas in Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto regions.
Many of the northern regions are currently faced with a lack of sufficient grazing which has already caused many livestock deaths as a result. The agriculture ministry has set aside about N$255 million for water supply projects in the country between now and 2019.
NamWater senior corporate communications officer, Johannes Shigwedha told Confidente that the exercise will bring relief to the farmers and animals in particular.
“Olushandja Dam is quite full at the moment and the water will be pumped until the next rainy season. However, I would like to urge the farmers and the residents at large not to consume the water because it is solely for the animals only,” said Shigwedha.
This is the first time that the water utility pumped water into the canal since it last pumped in water in 1998.
NamWater is currently also excavating the canal that runs from Olushandja to Uuvudhiya constituency in Oshana region.
NamWater, area manager for Cuvelai, Thomas Shikwa said that Government is also busy at the moment drilling production boreholes at Oshandi in Ohangwena region to make provision of water to animals.
The bulk water pipes would be connected at Epembe, while other minor boreholes would be drilled in the region for aquifer management.
“The agriculture ministry is busy drilling boreholes in Ohangwena as a way to mitigate water scarcity because there are no boreholes in Ohangwena. The boreholes will be used also as an experiment for the underground aquifer,” said Shikwa.
A local farmer, Aishe Shaanika at Okanyi village in Omusati expressed joy when he was asked how he feels about NamWater pumping water into the canal, saying that it is a relief to the residents.
“I am so happy; I cannot even express my joy and happiness. Our animals were dying and now NamWater has rescued them,” he said adding that it has been many years since NamWater last pumped water into the canal.
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