Destock, Ralotsia urges as drought deepens


Agricultural Development and Food Security minister, Patrick Ralotsia says farmers should take their animals for slaughter now, as the deepening drought means the value of livestock is declining quickly.

Addressing journalists earlier today, Ralotsia said the Botswana Meat Commission was experiencing very low throughput, despite the fact that droughts naturally push farmers to destock. He pledged that with government’s help, the troubled parastatal would settle outstanding arrears for all farmers either by this Friday or by next Wednesday at the latest. 

With the erratic and low rainfall this season, pastures around the country have been depleted and farmers in some areas such as southern Kgalagadi have already reported livestock mortalities.

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