Maun — The Ngamiland community has been advised to form syndicates so that they could benefit from available components under the Livestock Management and Infrastructure Development (LIMID) programme.
An official from the Department of Animal Production, Ms Connie Noge told residents of Samedupi during a recent meeting that the programme has a lot to offer, saying it was unfortunate that many farmers were more interested in one component of small stock production.
She noted that other components under LIMID were not fully exploited, citing infrastructure development, fodder production, borehole/well equipping, borehole drilling as well as water reticulation among others.
Ms Noge also noted that it was cheaper for residents to group themselves to benefit from components such as infrastructure development and borehole purchase, drilling and equipping.
If an individual applied for infrastructure development, she said one would contribute 80 per cent while government's contribution would be 20 per cent.
Furthermore, she noted that if people applied as a group, both the group and government contributed 50 per cent each.
In addition, she said if group members exceeded 10, contributions would be 30 per cent while 70 per cent would come from government.
For borehole assistance, she said a group contributed 40 per cent and government 60 per cent.
She urged residents to come forth as applications would be opened the beginning of April this year.
Ms Noge also informed the meeting about the new arrangement of payment to all people who supplied the programme with small stock.
She explained that they had phased out cheque payment, adding that all suppliers were expected to open bank accounts or apply for a pula card at their offices.
The pula card is a visa card that would enable one to cash or transact payment anytime, everywhere without having to travel long distances or waiting in long queues.
For pula card, she said applicants would be expected to bring along their identity cards and fill forms which would be submitted to the revenue office.
Ms Noge further explained that government would start buying from suppliers who had such accounts, adding that government had responded to all applicants who applied for LIMID assistance in the financial year 2019/20 and urged all to come and check if their applications had been approved.
For their part, residents appreciated that LIMID was one of the programmes aimed at improving food security and poverty eradication, but decried lack of monitoring of the programme by officers.
They called on officers to up their game to ensure that expected results were produced.
Source : BOPA