Good Hope Readies for Ploughing Season

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Good Hope Sub-district has started preparing for the 20142015 ploughing season and has set a target to finish distributing seeds and fertilizers to farmers before the ploughing season starts.

Speaking in an interviewrecently, the sub-district crop production officer, Ms Bontle Keoneeng said preparations were at an aanced stage for the coming season.

She said they had started distributing seeds and fertilizers to farmers. She noted that some request for to go and buy at places nearer to them. She said the coupon system speeds up service delivery as agriculture extension workers were relieved from the burden of transporting the materials to farmers.

She commended the government’s decision to allow farmers to get farming inputs from suppliers nearer to their places, saying the arrangement would enable them to meet their targets as agriculture extension workers.

She said all preparations have to be done on time to keep up with the pace of soil moisture and rains, as failure to do so would result in yields being aersely affected.

She said preparations were afoot despite that the first rains were not utilised as some farmers were still harvesting. Some have tilled their land even though the moisture was not enough. She said fertilizers came well on time in September which allows them to distribute them to farmers on time.

Ms Keoneeng said so far over 5 000 people have already registered for fertilizers and seeds as compared to last year’s 4 200 that had registered during the same period which was an indication that more people now recognise and appreciate the importance of arable farming.

She said Kangwe has the highest number of youth engaged in agricultural projects followed by Mokgomane, then Magoriapitse, Metlobo and Phitshane-Molopo.

Ms Keoneeng encouraged farmers to plough and not to keep their ploughing fields idle as the area has potential in agricultural production, adding that by so doing they would be boosting food security.

She also encouraged farmers to submit their production to her department to enable them to account for seeds distributed to see how much they benefit farmers and the degree of contribution in meeting the food security quota.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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