Climate Change Calls for Improved Farming

Farmers have been urged to use new technologies to deal with changing climatic conditions

Officially opening the Tonota Sub-district Trade Fair on Saturday (July 18), the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Patrick Ralotsia said the change in climate called for farmers to adopt new ways of farming such as artificial insemination, row planting and the use of hybrid seeds.

He said the fair provided a platform for farmers to exchange ideas and learn from various service providers such as agricultural demonstrators. He urged them to heed the advice of agricultural demonstrators.

Minister Ralotsia encouraged farmers to visit his ministry to seek information so as to improve food production. He said that his ministry was well resourced to help farmers, and that it would pain him to return unused funds at the end of the financial year.

He advised them to acquaint themselves well with government programmes to improve yields, adding that the sector was a leading employment creator. Furthermore, he encouraged parents to hand over their unused farms to youths as it was evident that some youths have a passion for agriculture.

For his part, Tonota Sub Council chairperson, Colonel Anderson Moalosi said through empowerment initiatives such as trade shows, the country could become self-sufficient in food.

“There is a lot of potential, especially amongst the youths. I am truly encouraged to see youths attending such shows in high numbers.

They have displayed some of their products. I therefore encourage other youths who have not used the youth programmes availed by government to do so,” he said. The secretary of the show committee, Mr Motshegetsi Masoba said they have managed to paint and roof the building within the show grounds despite most members dropping out of the committee.

The show was held under the theme: Transforming Agriculture in the Wake of Climatic Change.