Shortage of Transport Causes Poor Maintenance

| April 14, 2015

The Ministry of Agriculture is aware that maintenance along the fences separating zones 4a and 4b (Kedia-Iyokae-Tjai) and the fence separating zones 4b and 5 (Setata-Thutshaa) has not been up to date and hence the fences are in a poor state of disrepair.

Answering a question in Parliament, the acting Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Fidelis Molao, said the reasons for the poor maintenance were due to shortage of transport.

However, he said, in February this year, a veterinary team visited the Mokoboxane fence line which separates zones 4a and 4b and engaged casual labourers to repair it.

Mr Molao said severe fence damages were around Iyokae where the fence was almost completely destroyed by elephants and acts of vandalism. In addition, he said, the Setata-Thutshaa fence line, separating zones 4b and 5 was patrolled in March 2015 and damages to the fence recorded but have not yet been repaired.

He said its maintenance is planned for this financial year, together with the maintenance of the Makgadikgadi Game Reserve fence.Boteti East MP Mr Sethomo Lelatisitswe had asked the minister if he is aware that the disease control fences that divide zones 4a, 4b and 5 are not maintained and that cattle move freely between the zones.

He also wanted to know when they will be maintained.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: General

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