Botswana: Official Urges North East to Focus On Sorghum, Millet, Beans

Masunga — Farmers in the North East District have been encouraged to plough sorghum, millet and beans because they perform well in the region.

In an interview recently, the senior agricultural scientific officer in the district, Mr Thomo Rantsudu, stated that the North East soil was rich in minerals that supported growth of sorghum, millet and beans.

Mr Rantsudu stated that North East District was known for producing millet, which was unique to the region.

He highlighted that farmers, who cultivated those crops, usually produced a good yield compared to other crops.

However, the officer noted that farmers should be ready to spend their days in the fields because sorghum and millet were highly picked by birds.

Mr Rantsudu encouraged farmers to stick to the best farming practices and apply fertilizer before ploughing seeds as a way to rehabilitate the soil.

He said many farmers still believe that applying fertilizer was time consuming hence resorted to cultivating soil without adding any nutrients to it.

Mr Rantsudu highlighted that fertilizers were offered for free at Agriculture offices across the country hence farmers should take advantage of that.

He stated that government invested a lot of funds in to agriculture so that Batswana could be self-reliant in food production.

The officer stated that government paid tractor owners P1 160 per hectare cultivated and also gave out seeds and fertilizer for free.

He also encouraged tractor owners to install cultivators on their tractors as a way to speed up weeding and to further allow others to hire the cultivators to weed their farms.

He said the North East District Agriculture office would be receiving seeds for the 2019/20 ploughing season in no time therefore called on farmers to keep their ears on the ground for such announcements.

Mr Rantsudu also advised tractor owners to service their machinery and gear up for the upcoming ploughing season.

On other issues, he stressed that farmers at Masunga cluster fencing project should be prepared for the upcoming season to ensure they plough 500 hectares of the total 731 hectares.

He said the cluster farmers should take advantage of the fact that government assisted them to clear the land hence it was upon them to prove their commitment now.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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