When producing maize and wheat products at their mill in Ramotswa, it is unknown to some that the Bolux Group also produces tonnes of Chop and Bran, which is supplied to individual farmers and feedlots as well as to the Ministry of Agricultures’ Livestock Advisory Centres (LAC’s). Although the bulk of this animal feed is consumed by the local market, excess production is occasionally exported into South Africa.
The beef industry in Botswana is an important part of the Botswana economy as it directly affects the lives of many Batswana who are farmers. Although the Botswana Meat Commission and other stakeholders have been under the spotlight due to issues affecting the beef industry, farming and trade in cattle will always be a part of Botswana culture.
When asked to comment on the extent to which Bolux is a player in the cattle industry, Corporate Affairs Manager, Nkosi Mwaba, said, “Bolux Group is the largest producer of cattle feed in Botswana and works closely with the Ministry through its LAC’s as well as other key stakeholders such as the Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) in order to ensure sufficient supply of feed across Botswana.”
Regarding accessibility of feed produced by Bolux, Mwaba said, “We have opened our doors to every individual to purchase feed directly from Bolux in Ramotswa as well as at our facilities at the Dumela industrial area in Francistown. It is not true that Bolux only supplies cattle feed in bulk to big feedlots, the BMC and South African farmers. Our primary consideration is to ensure that feed is made available to every motswana and this is especially so now with the current draught situation that the country faces. Bolux produces thousands of tonnes of chop and bran per month and this production is enough to service the local market so there is sufficient feed for everyone.”
To improve accessibility of feed to the remote parts of the country, the Ministry of Agriculture has mobilised its LAC’s to carry stock and supply feed to all farmers that need to purchase the product in those localities.