PRESIDENT MASISI TO OPEN YOUTH LIVESTOCK FARMERS’ DAY

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PRESIDENT MASISI TO OPEN YOUTH LIVESTOCK FARMERS' DAY
PRESIDENT MASISI TO OPEN YOUTH LIVESTOCK FARMERS' DAY

Africa-Press – Botswana. President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi officially opened Youth Livestock Farmers’ Day slated for Letlhare’s Farm in Serowe.

Speaking on the eve of the event, acting principal scientific officer of animal production in the Ministry of Agriculture, Ms Grace Mfolwe said preparations for the event were at an advanced stage.

She said the organising team was currently working on finishing touches and assured the nation that by close of business Thursday everything would be on track.

She said the kraals would be fully packed for viewers to learn from elite farmers, adding that snakes would also be exhibited at the event.

She said snakes were beautiful reptiles and useful for home decoration as pets while they also provided security.

Ms Mfolwe spoke highly of the newly launched Thuo Letlotlo and Temo Letlotlo programmes that were meant to revitalise agriculture and catapult it to greater heights.

Moreover, she noted that such programmes would commercialise agriculture, adding with new genetic breeds from Australia there would be income generation, opportunities of value chain in the dairy sub-sector as well as bolstering food security in the country.

She said the youth should know that they could start farming as early as possible, emphatically pointing that it is a great undertaking.

Sixty per cent of the exhibition will be by the youth, she said, noting that the remaining 40 per cent would be apportioned to elite farmers in the Central District.

She spoke of the need of shading kraals to reduce intensity of heat during the day and cold during the night as well as act as a windbreaker, especially for chickens because too much wind could be dangerous for them.

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