5 February 2018

Botswana: Masisi Calls for All to Pull Up Socks

Lobu Farm — Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, has implored all stakeholders to explore the plan to resuscitate Lobu farm in all its manifestations for greater achievements.

Officially closing the Special Rural Development Council (SRDC) meeting recently, Mr Masisi appreciated the progress made on the transformation of the farm despite going at a slow pace.

He acknowledged that to launch a new concept is challenging, as they have to fulfill a large number of diverse requirements.

Despite the plan being at an infancy stage, he encouraged them not to lose sight of the plan, but rather form basis of operations that would help them to drive the idea to achieve degree of success.

"You should share challenges and even go beyond the call of duty, to let success take its course on this matter" he said.

Mr Masisi further pointed that Vision 2036 pillar relates that the country should aim for a sustainable economy that would be efficient, vibrant and knowledge-based with access to a skilled and internationally recognised competitive workforce.

Therefore, to fit in the sequence, he said it was imperative to recognise the importance of science, technology and innovation to propel a high levels of proficiency.

He said the revitalisation of the farm would serve as a start to explore new technologies to transfer advanced farming skills for enhance production.

He said through the acquired skills from the centre, small scale farmers would in the end shift swiftly from subsistence to commercial farming.

Meanwhile, the Vice President made a call to all political leaders to ensure that they perform their roles in promoting the resuscitation plan of Lobu farm to their constituents, as it has significant outcomes in terms of enhancing the state's agricultural economy.

He also encouraged all residents to replicate what would be done at the farm at their own cattle posts so as to grow the small stock production and cattle breeding in the country, for it to cut an edge in the competitive global markets.

Further, he encouraged farmers to keep up with the evolving world of technology by adopting new farming techniques that would increase production in every way.

He encouraged them to construct sealed pit latrines at their cattle posts, so as to guard against the outbreak of measles and other diseases that could have adverse effects on beef production.

Moreover, he encouraged them to venture into creating their own brands out of their own produce and even to devise new marketing strategies through new technologies to reach larger markets.

In his closing remarks, Kgalagadi North MP, Mr Frans Van der Westhuizen also appreciated the amount of work done to revive the farm and said that if the idea could be conceptualised well, it would be an economic enabler for the region and the country at large.

He extended his appreciation to all those who pledged support and money for the RDC projects to kick start.

He lauded Messrs Geil Jacobs III and Dick Kotokwe for entering into a joint agreement with government to offer extension educational services to farming communities in the district farming at no costs.

He also lauded Mr Masisi for his idealistic guidance on the revitalisation of the farm.

Source : BOPA

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