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Botswana's Farmers Urge Ministry to Act

by 5m Editor
8 December 2009, at 9:08am

BOTSWANA - Poultry farmers have criticised the ministry of agriculture oer high feed prices and unfair market competition.

Botswana's agriculture ministry has the well-qualified personnel yet its performance is low when compared to other ministries, according to a government source.

Addressing ministerial staff in Mochudi recently, Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Oreeditse Molebatsi, said effective performance was needed to move the ministry from its current status.

He urged staff members to provide the best service, urging the various departments under the ministry to share resources as the country was reeling from the economic downturn.

Meanwhile, farmers in Kgatleng District have decried shortage of land to carry-out their agricultural projects.

Presenting their grievances to Mr Molebatsi after he addressed the staff, livestock farmers complained about the high price of feeds, which results in their projects operating at a loss.

Poultry farmers expressed concern about the competition between big poultry farmers and the small ones, about Halal and the shortage of land.

Responding to the complaints, the assistant minister encouraged farmers to engage in partnerships for prosperity of their farming businesses.

Mr Molebatsi also expressed the government's gratitude to the farmers for their efforts in improving the agricultural sector.