Namibian livestock industry faces ‘challenges’ in recovering from drought

Namibia’s livestock industry will take some time to recover from losses suffered during the drought in the first quarter of this year, according to Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) economist, Bertha Ijambo.

She said “a challenging time” awaited the country’s livestock producers, pointing out that livestock herds had been “reduced dramatically” and it would take time and money for producers to restock their farms should it rain in the next season.

“Production levels will drop because of the depleted livestock numbers. Because of the destruction of our rangelands it will take a few seasons for the grazing to recuperate sufficiently,” Ijambo pointed out.

She said livestock prices had fallen drastically, while the agri-inflation rate in the country had increased 4.4% year-on-year during the first quarter of 2019, driven largely by an increase in feed costs and fuel prices.

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