Agriculture Is Forever, It Is a Diamond That Does Not Lose Value
Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security (MoA) Public Entities last week held a press conference to brief the media about their upcoming Open Day slated for Serowe Show Grounds on May 4th, 2017.
The Chairperson of the committee spearheading the preparations for the event and Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Edison Wotho said the objectives of the day are to showcase the Public Entities’ technologies; to take agriculture to the people; to promote agriculture as a diamond that does not lose value and to share information about the linkages between the ministry and its enterprises.
He said all the Public Entities are there for all stakeholder and investors, adding that the open day would be a one-stop agricultural shop.
When addressing the media question about what to do with excess and lower quality produce that BAMB does not buy, NFTRC Acting Managing Director, Dr Martin Kebakile said the centre is currently working with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to come up with a powdered nutritional drink made of cowpeas and sorghum.
A farmer Mr Keletso Rakhudu encouraged the youth to attend the open day in large numbers, join farming and take advantage of the available government programmes and technologies.
He said that this year’s theme: ”Agriculture First: Be Innovative is more appropriate because farming is all about being smart or wise and manipulating the farming environment and available resources.
The participating MoA Public Entities involved were Botswana University of Natural Resources (BUAN) Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB), Botswana Meat Commission(BMC), Banyana Farms, Botswana Horticultural Market (BHM), Botswana Vaccine Institute(BVI) and National Food Technology Research Centre (NFRC).