Tlokweng — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi says the small stock donations will go a long way in closing the economic disparity gap.
He expressed this on Wednesday October 14 when donating a buck to Ramatlapeng family at Ramokobetwane lands, in the outskirts of Tlokweng.
Dr Masisi said addressing economic disparities was part of the country's Vision 2036 aspirations, therefore was committed to addressing economic disparities as contained in the country's vision.
Further, Dr Masisi said in Vision 2036, Batswana had made it clear that they wanted economic prosperity for all.
He said such prosperity brought peace and tranquillity.
President Masisi added that as a champion of Vision 2036, his small stock donation initiative intended to inspire the locals to take small stock farming serious and produce food for the country.
He said the donations were also aimed at inspiring others to emulate him and contribute to the wellbeing of their communities at an individual level.
Therefore he encouraged the Ramatlapeng family to care for the gift and grow their farm so that they, in future, give back to the community.
For his part, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Karabo Gare said the small stock donation had the potential to contribute immensely to the attainment of Vision 2036.
Mr Gare said the initiative had potential to spur the country desire to meet its food security.
Furthermore, Mr Gare said there was need for the country to increase its small stock population, to be able to export.
He said the current small stock population was insignificant for export market.
In order to grow the local stock, he said there was need for farmers to be enhanced with relevant skills and knowledge of small stock farming.
Therefore Minister Gare said the Ramatlapeng would be trained to sharpen their skills.
For his part, Mr Motsumi Ramatlapeng thanked the President for the gift as it was what he had been hoping to acquire for his livestock.
Kgosi Puso of Batlokwa said the national lockdown had shown that there was need for the country to feed itself.
Kgosi Puso said the gift would encourage the family to commit more to farming and produce food for themselves and the nation.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>