BMC to Improve On Payments – Chimbombi

| April 27, 2015

Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) has engaged consultants for its balance sheet restructuring in order to improve the efficiency of payments to farmers, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Micus Chimbombi has said.

Dr Chimbombi, who is also a BMC board member, stated that they had already briefed the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on the development and were expecting to table the matter to cabinet around May or June.

Dr Chimbombi was responding to complaints from some Saneld Ranchers Association members who asked him if he was aware that BMC had not paid them for about two months, to which he conceded. Farmers also wanted to be informed about interventions in place to deter the same situation in future.

He also informed farmers that the government was concerned with the late payment to farmers and hence the balance sheet restructuring. The permanent secretary also informed farmers that BMC could have announced the delays and promised that farmers would soon receive their dues.

He revealed that some farmers have started receiving their payments from Francistown the abattoir. On other issues, Dr Chimbombi told farmers that agriculture infrastructure development policy was scaled down in the wake of the economic recession.

However, he highlighted that the policy still remained in force and they responded where there was dire need.

He informed them that his ministry was doing some roads and drainages in Pandamatenga because the project had already started when a decision to scale down was taken.

On his presentation, Dr Chimbombi informed farmers about the Botswana Beef Cluster initiative which focused on the economy and employment status of Botswana, a result of a study commissioned by the government in 2012 and conducted by Professor Michael Potter of Harvard Business School.

Some recommendations of the study were that Botswana should adopt the cluster initiative where the government and academia take a facilitator role while the private sector takes the lead role.

Farmers were informed that three pilot clusters, (Mahalapye, Kgatleng and Ghanzi) were identified and that a five member team from the private sector had been established.The team is working closely with the National Strategy Office and the Agriculture Hub, said Dr Chimbombi.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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