Tags Not Theft Proof – Molao

| April 20, 2015

The Acting Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Mr Fidelis Molao has informed the residents of Marobela that ear tags and bolus for livestock is not meant to fight livestock theft.

He was responding to a concern from one of the residents, Mr Limit Manewe at a kgotla meeting in Marobela last week.

Mr Manewe had said that their livestock was continuously stolen at a high rate and ear tags were being removed from the animals’ ears.

In response, Mr Molao explained that such measures were meant for easy tracing of animals, particularly for the country’s meat market in Europe.

He added that through such initiatives, it was easy to know from which areas the animals came.

Mr Molao therefore urged the farmers to continue buying ear tags and have their livestock inserted with bolus.

He further implored them to buy the new Keepers Card, which is also an initiative from the ministry to monitor the use of agricultural products by the farmers.

The assistant minister pointed out that the card came about after the realization that there were some people who would buy medication and other agricultural needs in bulk from agriculture offices only to sell to other suppliers who will sell to the government at a high cost.

This cheating, he said, was impacting negatively on the government whereas Batswana continued to seek assistance, which also came at a cost.

He nonetheless urged them to take care of their livestock and seek assistance from the police, adding that farmers should stop being part time farmers and instead always be up to date with what was happening at their cattle posts.

On other issues raised, another resident Mr Ndingo Johwa called on the ministry to instill a sense of responsibility on the part of farmers by getting the farmers to put aside part of their harvest for use as seed instead of relying on government for provision of seeds every other ploughing season.

He also wondered how the agriculture ministry is able to account for the seeds being distributed to farmers.

In response, Mr Molao said there was accountability for everything, noting that seeds were often given out by farmers committees and what remained was taken back to the ministry.

He said at the same time, measuring for ISPAAD payments was only done after seedlings had emerged, which therefore confirmed that seeds were used.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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