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Small stock has potential to grow economy

The President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi says small stock production has potential to create wealth and stir economic growth.

Speaking during the President’s small stock initiative donation of a Kalahari Red Buck at Gakgolomo lands on Saturday, he said the landscape at Gakgolomo made the area ideal for agro-tourism.  

The President commended the beneficiary, Ms Lentswenyana Rankgono for her efforts in small stock production, saying she sold some goats to buy fencing material that paved a way for her to take other available government programmes.

This, the  President said was in line with  vision 2036 which aimed at transforming Botswana from an upper middle-income country to a high-income country. Vision 2036 follows, and builds on vision 2016, Botswana’s first national vision of 1996 to 2016.

Through vision 2036, Botswana is choosing a path of prosperity. In order for Botswana to achieve prosperity for all, Botswana’s economy needs to progress upwards. Therefore, Dr Masisi  challenged the beneficiary to expand small stock through the Kalahari Red Buck he donated to generate wealth for herself and other fellow citizens.

The President’s small stock initiative is one of the country’s drives to revolutionise the agricultural sector thus availing an opportunity for economic growth.

For his part, Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Mr Karabo Gare said after the completion cycle of the President’s small stock initiative the agricultural sector would be on another level both in monetary terms and the growth rate of small stock and its contribution to socio-economic development of the country. 

Minister Gare said the initiative which was the first of its kind would be rolled-out to 57 constituencies of which after the completion cycle 114 bucks and rams worth about P570 000 would have been donated.

He said the ratio of each ram to ewes was 25 and if ewes were mated with fertile rams resulting in conception , lambing was expected after six months that would mean the income that would have been generated when sold would be over P7 million by  March/April 2021.

As for December 2021 the income expected would amount to over P15 million whereas for June 2022 it would be over P22 million while December 2022 over P34 million would have been generated. Mr Gare shared that statistical evidence spoke volumes about the initiative’s contribution to economic growth and creation of wealth. 

Ms  Rakgono expressed gratitude to the President for the noble gesture, noting that she would do everything in her power to ensure that the buck soars small stock in the area.

She said she applied for small stock under Livestock Management and Infrastructure Development (LIMID) Programme in 2013 indicating she was very patient and ultimately endurance had paid in  2015 when  the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food security responded and she was given money to buy goats through LIMID programme. She said the scheme contributed towards improving food security and poverty reduction in the country.

She said in 2018 she sold 25 goats to buy fencing material as well as selling an additional six goats to pay a person who constructed the fence for  her field since  she wanted to plough forage. Ends

 

 

Source : BOPA

Author : Keith Keti

Location : Gakgolomo Lands

Event : Donation

Date : Oct 25 Sun,2020

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