Food Security Remains Priority

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama says government will continue with the Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agriculture Development (ISPAAD) in order to enhance food security in the country.

Speaking during kgotla meetings in Kgomokasitwa and Ntlhantlhe on November 27, he said government had availed lots of funds for ISPAAD to help Batswana in the current ploughing season.

ISPAAD had been the primary vehicle for channeling government support for expanded arable farming through its five components of draught power and input subsidy, cluster fencing, individual fencing and horticultural assistance. The latter component assisted farmers with development inputs of 40 per cent of total cost.

On another issue, President Khama said when he became president, the plan was that each village would be allocated one vehicle but the efforts were frustrated by the economic recession that befell the world economy.

He said as the economy was now showing signs of improvement, next year government would try to buy more vehicles to close the gap of shortage of vehicles. The President further said funds permitting, government would increase remunerations for Ipelegeng workers as well as the intake.

The President donated Bibles to Kgomokasitwa and Ntlhantlhe residents which he said would help people understand and appreciate the word of God. He also donated blankets and chairs.

He said he would talk to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Slumber Tsogwane with regard to reviewing Village Development Committees allowances. President Khama aised Batswana to form syndicates to enable government to help them with viable projects such as borehole assistance for agricultural projects.

He said the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture should facilitate and assist villagers in acquiring playing grounds.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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