Botswana: Govt Helps Farmers Survive Pandemic

Molepolole — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi's initiative of supporting small stock farmers on Thursday October 15 led him to Semarule lands near Molepolole, where he donated a buck to 70-year-old, Mr May Babutsi.

Dr Masisi said he was encouraged by the journey Mr Babutsi took in farming, adding that people like him needed to be empowered to grow their stock.

He further said the initiative began against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that even though government plans were negatively impacted, something needed to be done to help people.

Dr Masisi wished Mr Babutsi more wealth.

Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Mr Karabo Gare said they were happy to witnesses a good journey, intended to revive self-reliance among Batswana.

Mr Gare said the buck would go a long way in changing the beneficiary's life, adding that his ministry would organise training for Mr Babutsi to better understand how to care for his livestock.

Meanwhile, the beneficiary expressed gladness as he did not expect the gift from President Masisi, adding that he needed the buck to improve his stock.

The MP for Molepolole South, Mr Kabo Morwaeng said the president was leading by example and urged Batswana to follow suit.

Mr Morwaeng, who is also Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, said sharing was an education planted for future generations.

Kgosi Kgari Sechele III of Bakwena said he was also impressed with Mr Babutsi's journey, adding that President Masisi donated to a deserving farmer.

When giving an overview of the project, Kweneng District agricultural coordinator, Mr Andrew Telekelo said Mr Babutsi started his small stock production in 2016, with only one goat and they have since increased to 47.

He said Mr Babutsi had been doing well and even planted lab-lab to feed his small stock.

He also sells to his neighbours.

Source : BOPA

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