WITVLEI: The persistent loss of grazing land to fires has the tiny farming community around Witvlei worried, with many not knowing how they are going to make it through to the next rainy season.
The farmers pin the blame for the huge devastation of their farmland on the irresponsible conduct of Witvlei residents who fail to extinguish fires in their surroundings after use.
As such, many of the farmers have been knocking on the door of the Village Council for possible remedies.
Agnes Karumendu, owner of farm Held No. 84 situated a mere five kilometres outside Witvlei in the Omaheke Region, is the latest victim of a veld fire.
She lost more than two-thirds of her farmland after it was reduced to ashes by a raging fire over a week ago.
Karumendu told Nampa yesterday that she has been forced to move all her animals to the few remaining camps after six of her camps were burned to the ground, and all the grazing with it.
Namibian Police Deputy Commissioner Elias Mutota says it is important for law-enforcement agencies to educate young people about the dangers of drug abuse, instead of just waiting to pounce on offenders.
Mutota, who is the coordinator of the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) National Drug Awareness Campaign, told students at the University of Namibia (Unam) here yesterday that the police started this campaign last month, with the specific focus on the youth.
He explained that the youth are the primary targets of drug dealers.
Mutota said Unam students are the future leaders of this country, but if they become drug or alcohol addicts, this country will not have future leaders.
He said in most cases, violent crimes committed in Namibia are perpetrated by people who had abused either alcohol or drugs.