Mochudi — In his endeavour to empower local farmers, the President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi on October 14 donated a buck to Ms Dipuo Nkwe of Moologe lands in the Kgatleng District.
When presenting the gift, President Masisi said the objective of the initiative was to drive the Vision 2036 pillars, whose core values are known to Batswana as they were created with love, tranquillity, peace and in good faith.
"As the Vision 2036 champion, I am bringing my responsibilities to you and your family. I wish you love, wealth and prosperity. Accept my gift wholeheartedly," he said.
Dr Masisi urged the beneficiary to take care of the buck and ensure that it multiplied and that with time, as her animals multiply, she must share with others, so that they could also benefit from the initiative.
For his part, MP for Kgatleng East, who is also Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Mabuse Pule applauded the President for driving his strategy as the Vision 2036 champion, despite the challenges that he faced on a daily basis.
When receiving the donation, the beneficiary expressed appreciation to the President, saying she had always been longing for a buck, to help her flock grow.
Ms Nkwe said she received 12 does and one buck from the LIMID programme, as a start-up in 2012. She said the goats had since multiplied, enabling her to sell some to LIMID, Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, and Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs as well as individuals.
She encouraged other farmers to be patient, as there were a number of challenges in animal production.
Meanwhile, Booster Mogapi reports that still on Wednesday October 14, President Masisi also donated a Boer goat buck to 33-year-old Mr Lucky Dintsi of Nkowe lands near Malolwane in the Kgatleng District.
President Masisi said the initiative was meant to challenge Batswana to take small stock production seriously, to improve their lives and feed the nation.
He said as Vision 2036 calls on all to participate in the enhancement of the economy and improving the lives of Batswana, he, as its champion, had to lead by example.
He encouraged farmers across the country to take advantage of the early rains to produce better yields.
The beneficiary, Mr Dintsi said he was overjoyed as the President had shown fatherly love to him as he needed the buck to increase his stock, adding that he appreciated the gift and would forever be grateful as the buck would surely change his life.
He cited shortage of water as a serious challenge to his dream of small stock production and asked to be assisted with a borehole.
The deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Ms Nancy Chengeta said the ministry was also on the path of reviving small stock production in Botswana.
She said small stock was a diamond that, if persuade with passion, could change the lives of many Batswana.
Ms Chengeta said the ministry would support the young farmer by taking him for training at Lubu Farm, saying the exposure would help him understand small stock production better.
When giving a brief overview of Mr Dintsi's project, Kgatleng District agricultural coordinator, Mr Andrew Boipopi, said the project was funded in 2013 with 13 does and a buck.
He said Mr Dintsi had done well, despite the challenges that come with rearing small stock such as diseases and loss of young ones.
Mr Boipopi said the beneficiary had already supplied 18 goats to LIMID in 2017, bought a vehicle to bowse water and de-bushed three hectares of his farm, adding that the office was pleased with his commitment.
When giving a vote of thanks, the area Member of Parliament and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Mabuse Pule said the President was leading by example, adding that the initiative would surely change lives.
Mr Pule said indeed lack of water was a challenge in the area as farmers had to fetch water from Madikwe River.
Source : BOPA