A mysterious fire that caused substantial damage to the Sikondo Irrigation facility causing substantial damage estimated at N$600 000, has finally been put out.
Employees at the government’s Sikondo irrigation project on Saturday battled the fire after workers noticed the inferno at 15h52.
The Sikondo green scheme project is 10km west of Rundu in the Kavango West region. Kavango West police commander, Commissioner Josephat Abel, said “Unknown suspects set fire to the irrigation green scheme and caused damages to some government properties.”
He explained that the police is investigating the source of the blaze which damaged micro sprinklers, a 5 000 litre water tank, a pivot and electrical cables and further burnt micro-irrigation pipes, among others.
Mutero Joseph Songora from Sikondo, assisted the police in recording the damage the fire caused to the project.
The inferno started from a section which is not being used for cultivation and the wind caused it to move fast amidst the dry grass through the medium-scale farmers’ section.
With assistance from members of the community and the Rundu Town Council fire department, the fire was eventually contained before it could cause more damage.
Three years ago, the project suffered a similar setback when a mysterious fire caused damage estimated at N$350 000.
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