Africa-Press – Botswana. Addressing Kgotla meeting in Makgaba on Wednesday, Member of Parliament for Boteti East Mr Sethomo Lelatisitswe said relevant officers were recently trained and capacitated on how best to implement the programme.

Therefore, he implored people of Makgaba to prepare themselves and be ready to be assisted.

“I do not want anyone of you to be left out because these are initiatives aimed at uplifting the lives of Batswana,” he said.

With Thuo Letlotlo, the MP advised people not to only confine themselves to the usual small stock or cattle rearing, but rather should diversify and try lucrative businesses such as apiculture and aquaculture.

Furthermore, he said for effortless beneficiation of many agricultural revitalisation programmes such as Thuo Letlotlo and Temo Letlotlo, farmers should form clusters.

He said with clusters, in elephant prone areas such as Boteti, government was committed to providing electric fencing around the fields.

One of the residents, Mr Joel Omphile said government’s efforts of trying to uplift farmers in the area were thwarted by predators that targeted small stock.

He noted that the fact that such predators were not covered in the Department of Wildlife and National Parks compensation programme for the damage they caused was not helping the situation.

Though excited about the news of Thuo Letlotlo rollout, many speakers at the meeting decried shortage of land or ploughing fields in Makgaba.

They said shortage of land could hinder full utilisation of both Temo Letlotlo and Thuo Letlotlo.

Kgosi Rebagago Baswapiso of Makgaba suggested that people should be allowed to continue using ungazzeted land that they had been ploughing saying it was high time landboard allocated such fields to people.

Still on issues affecting landboard, Kgosi Baswapiso decried the slow process of issuing certificates for residential plots.

He also added that such delay could be a disadvantage when it came to the new government programme of connecting electricity in homesteads for free.

Concerning infrastructural developments in Makgaba, the MP noted that the commencement of the construction of the P65 million clinic without a maternity wing was expected soon.

He said a plot had already been identified while environmental impact assessment and the design had also been completed.

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