Ngamiland farmers have received a lifeline following government’s decision to remove restrictions on movement of cattle ÔÇô a move that was put in place some years back to control the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease in the area.
Spokesperson for the Botswana Meat Commission (Maun), Selebogo Seganabeng, said they have already started buying cattle from areas such as Kareng where the disease had for a long time prevented farmers from selling their cattle.
Seganabeng also said that he was sure the move will boost their sales as BMC in the district. Besides the BMC PRO, the decision has also been confirmed by the Maun based Ministry of Agriculture Public Relations officer, Bautlwile Kealatotse, who said that that it was reached after the realisation that the disease situation has greatly abated in the area.
Amongst the farmers who expressed great happiness at the move was Tsogo Mosihe whose cattle post in Kareng area where most of the disease out breaks had occurred.
“I am very happy that this has happened, I had not expected it to happen in the near future. I am already preparing to sell some of my cattle after many years of restrictions”.
Another farmer, Jacob Moitse, whose cattle post is just outside Sehitwa also expressed the same sentiments with Mosihe. He said that the move which he is very happy about was very likely to get farmers interested in cattle farming again.