– More than 4,000 cattle have died in the Borana zone of the Oromia region due to the lack of biennial rain. Residents of the Borana zone in the Oromia region told VOA Amharic that cattle have died due to lack of rain in the fall and winter seasons.
Residents complained that it has been since the onset of the drought calls for thousands of cattle in different parts of the zone. The Borana Zone Cattle Bureau, on the other hand, said that over 4,000 cattle have died so far and more than 9,000 are at risk of death.
Fukaro Goru is a resident of Arero Woreda in the Borana Zone, who said: “Because it has not rained in the past few months, many cattle have died in many areas of the zone.” He added, “It rained twice a year, in March and August. We are currently not getting enough rain, which has resulted in the death of many cattle. There is no rain, no grass, and the land is very dry in any of the Borana Zone woredas. People are very scared. ”
Fukaro said he saw the deaths of more than a hundred cattle belonging to his neighbor because of the drought. “So far, we haven’t seen any support from the government,” he said.
Kassim Guyo (PhD), head of the Borana Zone livestock development office, said the lack of rain has been for the past two seasons was the main cause of the damage. “So far, more than 4,000 cattle have died,” he said. Kassim recalled that the zone had informed the regional state livestock and fisheries authority Oromia of the situation over a month ago.
According to Kassim, the highest number of cattle deaths is recorded in Baltale Woreda, where more than 1,486 cattle died. He added that 992 cattle died in Delo Woreda, 496 in Muro Woreda, 219 in Arero, 216 in Guchi Woreda and 118 in Yabello Woreda. He stated that a total of 4,164 cattle from 1,916 households have died.
“If it doesn’t rain or the necessary assistance is provided, there is a risk that more than 9,000 cattle will die,” said Kassim in disclosing that his office is still waiting for the answer. “Because the situation was not dealt with in a timely manner, the disaster is increasing day by day,” he stressed.
Liban Kebede, the head of the Borena Zone Civil Protection and Preparedness Office, said that his office is working to engage NGOs based in the zone to address the situation. “Our zone has more than six million cattle, most of which we cannot feed,” he added. “The Oromia regional government is working to save 10% of all highly productive cattle. By engaging the NGOs, we distributed food to five woredas.
Contrary to an earlier report by Addis Standard which found that there were four in the region Deaths related to shortages of food were reported, Liban insisted that this drought would not harm human life. He added, “Our office is conducting a careful follow-up on the matter.” For her part, Amina Abdurahman (PhD), director of the Oromia Regional State Department of Livestock and Fisheries, has confirmed that the Regional government was aware of the drought in the Borana Zone. “The regional council approved the budget allocated for feed, but the purchase is still pending paperwork.” She added: “A panel of experts is being formed to research the type of feed and appropriate solutions.” Encouraging: “The process will be completed soon and feed will be provided in less than a week.”
Residents of the Borena zone who spoke to Addis Standard said that in the arid areas of the zone, where the predominantly pastoral community is suffering from food insecurity due to drought and food shortages, in recent years In two years there was no consistent food aid from humanitarian organizations. An administrator of one of the woredas in the zone admitted to Addis Standard that local officials were hindering help: “We have investigated the matter and taken action against the perpetrators. We addressed the problem by holding accountable those who were involved in the disability. ”