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Moagi empowers poultry farmers

Ramotswa Member of Parliament, Mr Lefoko Moagi on November 21 held a workshop on poultry production to encourage constituents to venture into the industry.

Mr Moagi said in an interview that poultry was profitable yet a number of people had started the business without proper knowledge and skills, hence he collaborated with experts in organising a one-day workshop.

He further noted that there were a number of empty chicken/Poultry houses in the area as some people gave up after following heavy rains experienced during Dineo weather phenomenon. 

MP Moagi said through training, they were empowering poultry producers with skills that would enable them to improve their businesses to realise profit.

He encouraged Batswana not to give up thinking the poultry industry was reserved for the rich adding the market was still available through government local economic empowerment initiatives.

The MP who is also the Minister of Mineral Resources and Green Technology said he was impressed by the turnout which however was limited due to COVID-19 protocols. 

He said  Batswana were willing to part with P300 fee knowing that they would gain valuable knowledge.

Participants included the young and the old with majority of attendees being women. 

This, he said was encouraging as it meant food security would improve and the chicken houses that had been lying idle would be utilised. 

MP Moagi said the workshop had impressed them as they were planning on holding more workshops covering other agriculture areas such as small stock production. 

Further, he said given the number of people interested in poultry production, they would conduct other workshops in other villages within the constituency to offer opportunities to more farmers. 

One of the facilitators, Mr Maikano Moadi, a Veterinarian said their aim was to train backyard farmers about poultry farming and topics ranged from keeping chickens to biosecurity, nutrition and marketing. 

He noted that these contributed a lot to the success of poultry farmers. Mr Moadi said he was invited to participate in the knowledge and saw it as an opportunity to educate and influence Batswana on poultry production. 

He said there had been growth in the industry mainly as a result of consumption of chicken and Batswana have realised that it offers quick returns both for broilers, layers and Tswana chicken. 

Like the MP, he said he was impressed by the level of participation saying the interaction was of high standards as the participants were eager to learn. ends

Source : BOPA

Author : BOPA

Location : RAMOTSWA

Event : workshop

Date : Nov 22 Sun,2020

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