Toromoja — Commitment and determination have earned the Molateng and Sebolotsang families living near Mopipi and Toromoja respectively, a buck each to grow their small stock and improve breed quality.
The bucks, presented by Vice President Slumber Tsogwane on Tuesday, are part of President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi's small stock initiative.
Mr Emmanuel Molateng, a young farmer living with a disability of Morula Cattle-post near Mopipi, and Ms Keitshetse Sebolotsang of Toromoja were commended and encouraged to continue motivating other aspiring farmers.
Mr Tsogwane, also Boteti East MP, informed the two beneficiaries that through the initiative, Dr Masisi had committed himself to empowering Batswana to venture into commercial small stock production and close the existing food security gaps.
The initiative targets farmers showing potential in contributing significantly to the small stock sector.
Mr Molateng started small stock production in 2015 with 11 goats acquired through the Poverty Eradication Programme.
After the goats multiplied, he sold some to government's LIMID programme and used the proceeds to build a house and sustain his family.
"I am thankful to be the recipient of a buck from the vice president and I promise to take care of it," said Mr Molateng.
Ms Sebolotsang, whose cattle-post is situated in the outskirts of Toromoja, also expressed her gratitude.
Funded by LIMID, she started production in 2015 with 13 goats and has so far managed to sell 11 after her stock multiplied.
She used the proceeds to buy a donkey cart as well as to sustain her family.
Commenting, Toromoja/Tsienyane ward councillor Mr Mathias Mbaeva said the bucks would go a long way in improving the quality of small stock in the area which would help farmers earn more money.
He pledged to buy Ms Sebolotsang some small stock feed.
Source : BOPA