Visiting a farm in Namibia could always be a Highlight to a visit to this beautiful country. Farming still contributes to about 5% – 7% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of Namibia and employs 55% – 60% of the population. These numbers are ever decreasing, because more and more people turning to hunting tourism and game farming to an ever changing weather pattern due to decreasing rainfall seasons.
As Namibia has experienced one of the worst droughts in recent years. 2016/2017 proved to be a much better year again for most parts of the country. Unfortunately the south-western and north-western parts of the country haven’t received significant rainfalls, but as the season prolongs. We are hoping for better rain measurements in these areas aswell.
A visit to the farm Otjiseva of Family Wiss, which is also a registered hunting farm one can clearly see the devastating effects of the recent drought. Having received just over 200mm in 2017. The farm is still short of a 150mm to reach the yearly average of 350mm.
Situated on the edge of wellknown “Khomas Hochland”, it consists of 9000 hectares. Half of it mountains, half of it plains. With a good variety of game like Kudu, Oryx, Warthog, Wildebeest, Giraffes, Springbok and a lot of smaller antilopes. Also there are a big population of predators like leopard, cheetahs, caracals and hyenas/jackals, which occasionally cause some big problems for farmers. However, recent statistics show more and more farmers trying to live alongside these beautiful creatures. Farm Otjiseva also lies on the “old” wellknown “Bay Route” which in the mid 18’s connected Windhoek and Swakopmund.
Prior independance before 1994 (Odendaal Commission – distribution of land 60’s / 70’s) Namibia was divided into 46% commercial farm almost consisting of 5000 units, 42% communal land (11 ethnical groups) and 18% of protected area’s (a) Namib Naukluft and (b) Etosha and Caprivi. These numbers changed dramastically since independence, because of land reform (willing buyer/willing seller and as earlier said, more farmers changing to other income practices).
Namibia has 14 different vegetation Zones. Image below shows the areas used by which field of agriculture.
Images by: Sky Aerial Imaging (Namibia) CC. (taken on 25 February 2017)