Thursday, June 20, 2024

Farmers defend Govt’s livestock import initiative

The farming community has issued a strong defense against critics of the government’s continued efforts to enhance Botswana’s livestock industry. On Tuesday, President Mokgweetsi Masisi received a Phase II consignment of live animals, including 150 breeding dairy goats and 92 breeding beef cattle, imported from Australia. The arrival of this consignment at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport marks a significant milestone in bolstering the nation’s livestock sector and promoting economic development.

As the political climate intensifies ahead of this year’s general elections, with some politicians criticising the initiative, farmers have warned naysayers to reconsider their stance. Botswana National Beef Producers Union (BNBPU) spokesperson Andrew Seeletso acknowledged the potential for divisive opinions but emphasised the long-standing demand among farmers for such initiatives to increase the national herd.

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