Government Will Not Provide Drought Animals Through Limid

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Ministry of Agriculture assists all subsistence farmers with production inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and draught power, both mechanical and animal to plough and plant a maximum of 5 hactares for free.

Answering a question in Parliament, Assistant minister of Agriculture, Mr Patrick Ralotsia said the ministry would not consider providing donkeys through LIMID as draught power because government provided assistance for ploughing and planting through the ISPAAD programme.

He further noted that the LIMID programme was not intended for providing draught animals while previously animal draught power was provided under ALDEP.

Mr Ralotsia said animal draught power payments were the same as mechanical draught power and for ploughinglanting it was P800ha while harrowing was P360ha. He however acknowledged financial challenges that may be faced by poorly resourced farmers to pay their 50 per cent contribution towards individual fencing material.

Shashe West MP, Mr Fidelis Molao had wanted to know if the minister would consider the provision of donkeys as a source of draught power under LIMID or ISPAAD programmes to enable ordinary subsistence farmers to take aantage of ISPAAD more effectively.

He had also asked whether the minister was aware that the decision to allow for individual fencing by farmers who did not prefer cluster fencing was not workable with regard to the poor. He suggested a means test be conducted on these people to help them fence their fields and give meaning to the ISPAAD programme.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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