Kgalagadi Needs Tailor Made Limid – MP

| January 15, 2015

There is need for government to dispense a special LIMID programme for farmers in Kgalagadi to enable them to drill boreholes without going beyond the current P120 000 ceiling, the Member of Parliament for Kgalagadi North, Mr Itumeleng Moipisi has suggested.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Hunhukwe on January 13, Mr Moipisi applauded government efforts to assist farmers with borehole drilling through the LIMID programme but however stated that the programme seemed not to be benefiting farmers in Kgalagadi since they needed to drill deeper than their counterparts in other areas of the country for them to reach water.

The one size fits all LIMID component of borehole equipping support, he said, was not of great benefit to the Kgalagadi farmers since the geological and hydrogeological conditions encountered when drilling in Kgalagadi were more challenging as compared to other parts of the country.

He stated that the Kgalagadi District contributed immensely to the beef industry in the country but it was however disturbing to note that farmers in the region were forever decrying of livestock water and poor water quality.

He therefore highlighted that government should revise the current LIMID programme to come up with a tailor made borehole drilling and equipping scheme particularly aimed at empowering farmers in Kgalagadi.

On other issues, Mr Moipisi raised a concern at the poor education results in the region and attributed the dismal performance of students to lack of direct parent’s involvement on their children’s education.

He said through taking education seriously, poverty stricken communities were better placed to easily take greater control of decisions affecting their lives that would provide trained manpower in rural areas and provide employment and income generating opportunities.

Mr Moipisi highlighted that parents also needed to understand the importance of education and meet teachers half way towards their children education.

Parents in rural areas seem not to value importance of education, he said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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