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Close to 600 000 Namibians receive drought relief

by Rodney Pienaar

A total number of 595 839 beneficiaries received drought relief assistance through the Office of the Prime Minister’s (OPM) directorate of disaster risk management in 2017.

The state allocated N$308.5 million for maize meal and N$50 million for logistics up to the month of March 2017 as per cabinet decision.

Additionally, an amount of 8 151.740 tons of maize and 1 261 tons of Mahangu grain were purchased at the cost of N$ 52 774 394 locally, according to the OPM.

“The Drought Livestock Marketing Incentive Scheme program was not implemented due to lack of funds. However, outstanding amount in claims of N$51 165 776.79 were settled during the current drought period.” The OPM states.

The National Disaster Management Risk Fund of OPM made an amount of N$11.1 million available to the agriculture ministry for water provision and a total of N$4.1 million was used to pay outstanding invoices for the repair of trucks and water tankers for the ministry.

About N$3.0 million used was for the procurement of emergency water supply material and equipment.

The OPM procured two water tanker trucks costing N$5.7 million and N$1 million was used for in-house borehole installations information provided by the OPM states.