Communities should partner with govt to eliminate FMD

Recent reports that Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has been detected in cattle in Kareng, should not make us despair. Instead the reports should galvanise our resolve to deal, once and for all, with the disease.

Granted, communities in the Ngamiland District, which were just recovering from the last episode of FMD will need additional strength to deal with the agony associated with the latest outbreak. But the communities should not allow themselves to be deflated at this time.

All community structures, from homes to dikgotla to government offices will need greater collaboration, greater information sharing and a willingness on the part of the people to avail their animals for whatever intervention the state comes up with. It will be painful, but it is the only way that the Ngamiland District can get back its status as an FMD free-zone.

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Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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