Bray in Need of Agricultural Land

| January 27, 2015

Residents of Bray have complained about shortage of agricultural land.

The residents raised the complaint during a kgotla meeting addressed by Member of Parliament for Kgalagadi South, Mr Frans Van Der Westhuizen on January 22.

When giving welcoming remarks, Kgosi Lenyeletse Kgannyeng told MP that they found it hard to make ends meet since their village was enclosed in between ranches and as a result they did not have grazing pastures and land for growing crops.

For his part, Mr Van Der Westhuizen agreed with Kgosi Kgannyeng that indeed there was no land for agricultural activities in Bray. He told residents that government was working on their concern and aised them that it would be wise if they could start by utilising a piece of land they were given by President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama at Banyana farms first.

Mr Van Der Westhuizen, also Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, further told residents that it will be easy for him to try and acquire another piece of land after they have utilised the Banyana portion.

He aised them to draw a business plan in order for them to be given the green light to use the ranch as initial agreement was that they should use it for commercial purposes.

On other issues, the Village Development Committee chairperson, Mr Keboetswe Mokolobe said all poverty eradication projects are white elephants, adding that almost all of them never got off the ground. He appealed to the MP to consider increasing numbers of Ipelegeng workers in their village because they have an influx of people from Boshoek.

Mr Mokolobe said since their area was declared a village in 2008, they have never been given services like other villages, water being their main worry, adding that there are no cordial relations between them and civil servants working in the village.

In response, Mr Van Der Westhuizen said he is aware that some projects have taken a bit long to be operational due to the procurement process that is being used in government institutions.

He said increasing Ipelegeng numbers may be hampered by budgetary constraints and aised residents to start own businesses pointing out that the program is a temporary intervention.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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