Botswana: Batswana Appreciate Initiatives

| April 22, 2016

Kisa - President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama is happy that Batswana appreciate government programmes that are meant to better their lives.

Speaking at a kgotla meeting in Kisa on Thursday April 21, President Khama said the fact that residents of Kisa had expressed happiness with government programmes was a motivation to his government.

President Khama noted that there was a pool of government programmes for Batswana to choose from to better their lives, and that it was up to individuals to choose what they wanted.

Furthermore, he noted that when the ISPAAD programme started, the government decided to buy tractors but that they have stopped because they wanted Batswana to benefit from the programme by ploughing for others and being paid for that.

President Khama also said the ISPAAD programme was done in such a way that it was zonal, noting that the Kisa region has been earmarked for livestock production because of low rainfalls in their area.

He said although BAMB has been tasked with services that were previously offered by Livestock Advisory Centers (LAC), they do not expect them to increase prices of livestock feeds.

One of the residents had complained that ever since BAMB took over LACs, they have increased prices of livestock feeds.

Welcoming guests to his village, Kgosi Matshidiso Babeile of Kisa said they were happy with government programmes such as ISPAAD, LIMID and ESP because they have improved their livelihood.

Kgosi Babeile also said their vehicle was boarded after it was involved in an accident and that they needed a replacement.

The Village Development Committee chairperson, Ms Baikedi Phikwe also concurred with Kgosi Babeile that they were happy with government programmes.

She said two houses would be built in the village under ESP to ease accommodation problems.

Ms Phikwe said although they were given livestock under the LIMID programme, the unavailability of water was a challenge President Khama urged residents to take care of government property, especially vehicles, so that they could last longer.

He also promised them that the government would continue subsidizing stock feeds given the bad condition of grazing areas.

President Khama was accompanied the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Mr Thapelo Olopeng, Minister of Lands and Housing, Mr Prince Maele and Minister of Health, Ms Dorcus Makgato. Insufficient fund could delay.

SOURCE: Botswana Daily News.

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