OTJINENE: Raging veld fires have left a trail of destruction in the Omaheke Region’s Otjinene constituency, killing more than 10 horses which were trapped in the inferno recently.
Two cows were also killed in the veld fires, which started some two months ago.
The fires, which were at most times sporadic and varied in duration, have reduced the better part of livestock grazing land for a number of villages at Otjinene to ashes.
Farmers have been forced to feed their livestock by hand using animal fodder, which has proven to be a huge challenge due to the high prices of such fodder.
Those who cannot afford to buy fodder have had to stand by and haplessly watch their livestock – mainly cattle – die due to a lack of grazing.
Most affected are the villages of Otjijere, Oviapa, Ozonduno and Otjiuaketambo, where fires came up to a few metres away from homesteads.