Botswana: Shortage in Small Stock Supply Results in Delay

| February 23, 2016

Gaborone - Thirty-two applications for small stock in Chobe constituency under the Livestock Management and Infrastructure Development Programme were approved in 2012 and all applicants were assisted.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Patrick Ralotsia said, however, in 2013, 92 applications were approved with 16 implemented but that 76 remained. He added that 63 of the 76 were implemented in 2014.

He further said 238 applications were approved in 2015 making a total of 251 still waiting to be implemented.

He said the delay in implementation was due to shortage of small stock supply in the district. Mr Ralotsia explained that the shortage was aggravated by the outbreak of senkobo (contagious ecthyma) in the Chobe District.

The ministry, he added, was bulk buying small stock from other districts to meet the demands of applicants and would continue to do so in the 2016/2017 financial year.

The Member of Parliament for Chobe, Mr Ronald Shamukuni had asked the minister if he was aware that people who applied for small stock in 2012 under LIMID in Chobe District and had their applications approved had not yet received their supply

The Chobe MP wanted the minister to also explain why such an undesirable situation was happening and when would beneficiaries get their stock.

Source: Africa Focus

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