President Mokgweetsi Masisi says Thuo Letlotlo Guidelines contain a total of 29 packages.

According the president, the packages include among others, livestock subsectors, game farming, waste management, privatisation of extension service, livestock digitisation, and enhancers to support each sub sector. He said the Thuo Letlotlo Guidelines will direct the implementation of the much anticipated programme. He stated that he is pleased by the positive response and passion that he has noted from the general public after launching the Thuo Letlotlo programme in Serowe.

“I implore you to take advantage of the Thuo Letlotlo, which is meant to improve production and productivity of the livestock subsector in Botswana. The importation of genetically superior livestock, as well as semen embryos will go an extra mile in augmenting the Thuo Letlotlo programme so that it realises its broader objectives,” said Masisi, when launching the Guidelines.

His word of encouragement to all farmers and aspirants is for them to use these superior genetic resources which are available to them at subsidised prices to advance their livestock enterprises. The president emphasised that the goal of increasing the national herd and improving its genetic merit can only be achieved if farmers breed with genetically superior animals and using the best management practices in our farms.

He explained that these best management practices include keeping performance records, undertaking necessary vaccinations, identifying all livestock for traceability purposes, keeping animals at optimal stocking rates and taking care of rangeland resources.

According to the president, the importation of livestock and small-stock is aimed at catalysing Thuo Letlotlo.

“Procurement of these breeding animals is conducted in a systematic manner addressing the needs of local farmers and market demands. A team of experts, upon careful consideration and engagement of the farming

community, embarked on scouting missions across the world to identify areas and breeds performing best in our similar climatic conditions.”

Masisi pointed out that it is on this basis that this time, Australia became the best candidate, as the Australian climate, especially Queensland and Albany, is characterised as sub-tropical climate with hot summers and mild to cold winters just like Botswana.

He indicated that procurement of dairy goats shows commitment of Government towards improving all livestock breeds, and not just focusing on cattle.

“The dairy goats we have procured are renowned for their typically long lactating and high milk yield coupled with their calm nature. It is my believe that the 150 dairy goats imported to Botswana will contribute significantly towards milk production in the country,” said Masisi.