Jwaneng — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has encouraged Batswana to seriously consider venturing into small stock production as it still had potential even on the international market.
Speaking at Bosekelo cattlepost, where he gave one farmer, Mr Ranko Maswabi a meat-master ram, Dr Masisi indicated that international markets such as Saudi Arabia were still interested in small stock meat, and said recently, neighbouring South Africa exported about 60 000 sheep there.
"This is an indication of the potential of the small stock market," he said. Concerning the sheep, Dr Masisi said that he gave it to Mr Maswabi to encourage him to produce more and develop his breed.
He said that the gesture was the beginning of journey towards encouraging Batswana to take small stock production seriously.
"This is just the beginning, and from henceforth I will once or twice a month give one Motswana a ram or buck, and this will be done across the country," he said.
Appreciating the present, Mr Maswabi indicated that it would motivate him to do farming with more vigour and improve his breed.
Dr Masisi also gave a ram to another farmer, Mr Mokganedi Rambe at Kgetsiyatsie cattlepost near Sekoma. Mr Rambe also promised the President that he would ensure that the ram multiplied to a sizeable flock in the future.
"This present is really a blessing to me and I will work hard to ensure that it multiplies. I won't disappoint you," he said.
Prior to visiting the farmers, Dr Masisi donated a total of 609 blankets to Molongwa JSS pupils and staff.
Giving the pupils a word during the donation, Dr Masisi advised them to take care of themselves against the COVID- 19 pandemic.
"This is a pandemic that we should try by all means to ensure it does not spread in our country, otherwise we are a dead nation. Government has prioritised prevention as well as strict isolation of those infected because it is currently the best weapon against this pandemic," he said.
Dr Masisi said COVID -19 had the potential to affect the economy right from the household level as people could not be productive while home under lockdown, and therefore implored the pupils to also do their part by taking heed of advice from the health personnel.
He also advised them to guard against misleading information from social media.
After the donation at school, Dr Masisi visited a few households in the village, where he also donated some blankets.