Govt to boost food output – De Graaf
SELEBI-PHIKWE: Minister of Agriculture Christiaan De Graaff says that government continues to put in place measures that will help Botswana meet her food security challenges.
Addressing Maokatuma residents, the minister said working with Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB), government will increase the strategic grain reserves for use in time of great difficulty, when the grains cannot be sourced from anywhere else.
He added that the strategic grain reserve, which used to be composed of sorghum at 10,000 metric tonnes will be increased and expanded to include sorghum at 30,000 metric tonnes, maize at 30,000 metric tonnes and beans at 10,000 metric tonnes.
He said that after realising that the Arable Land Development Programme (ALDEP) had not achieved its intended objective of increasing rainfed agricultural production and employment creation, government then decided to introduce a new programme known as the Integrated Support Programme for [continue reading]