OKAMATAPATI: The Okamatapati Ongombe Farmers Association has urged the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) to start conducting free annual mass vaccination campaigns against some acute livestock diseases in communal areas.
Okamatapati Ongombe Farmers Association Chairperson Gabriel Mbapaha made the call at the inauguration of the Okamatapati Police Station on Friday.
It is hoped that the increased police presence brought about by the new police station will lead to a decrease in the theft of livestock in the area.
Speaking on behalf of livestock farmers at the occasion, Mbapaha said it is a fact that hundreds of rural Namibians across the country depend solely on livestock farming for an income.
He then stated that Government, through the DVS, should start to intervene to protect livestock and human life against infectious diseases such as anthrax and black quarter disease.
Mbapaha’s call comes after reports that an anthrax infection affected about 22 people in the Oshikoto Region last month after they touched infected meat or the skin of infected animals.