Member of Parliament for Molepolole South Tlamelo Mmatli has hinted of poor yields despite abundance of rains.
He ascribed this to pests in his area which may spill to other regions and “spell a disaster” to a country still reeling from consecutive periods of drought and low crop production.
Contributing to the Budget Speech this week, Mmatli called on government to be alert of a possible imminent disaster this time around not attributed to poor rains but of worms and pests brought about by good rains.
“You should be alert of the eventuality. The Agriculture Minister should prepare in time the disaster likely to befall the farmers and make pesticides available,” he said.
“We will come out empty handed,” the opposition legislator underscored, though confident government will take heed his advice to and provide framers with free or subsidised pesticides.
Like the rest of the entire region, Botswana has been blessed with good rains this ploughing season long predicted by the weather bureau.