BAMB Re-Opens Tutume Office

| May 7, 2015

After closing in 2006 due to failure to make profits and farmers not bring their produce for sale, Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) has re-opened in Tutume.

Nine years later, the board decided to re-open the branch as per requests from farmers who decried shortage of a market for their produce.

Speaking at the official opening of the branch recently, senior assistant council secretary for Tutume Sub-district Council, Mr Lawrence Mazinyane, said the BAMB branch in Tutume was first opened in 1978 with the aim of encouraging farmers to sell their produce at the end of the ploughing season.

Mr Mazinyane urged farmers to keep the branch afloat by making use of it, to avoid its closure. He noted that despite purchasing from farmers, BAMB also sells different seeds, chicken and livestock feeds which many people consider to be expensive as they have to transport them from Francistown.

Meanwhile, operations manager for BAMB, Mr Cornelius Mokgoko said they often receive negative feedback on their prices but they have since upgraded them.

However, he noted that prices offered depend on the quality of the product they are buying and as such implored farmers to adopt new improved methods of ploughing to improve the quality of their produce.

Mr Mokgoko also said that the branch is the 12th across the country and they were working hard to expand and bring services closer to the people. He said sometimes poor grains emanate from failure to take care of fields by farmers hence the poor grading of the produce.

For his part, the chairperson of Tonota, Tutume and Masunga (TOTUMA) farmers association for Tutume sub region, Mr Lenyatso Gobela expressed confidence that their branch would never close again since farmers were more determined to do their best at the fields and produce food for Batswana.

With ISPAAD taking centre stage in encouraging farmers to do well at the fields, he assured BAMB of good quality produce and good returns.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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