First-borns devolve into black sheep

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Known as the first-borns of Botswana, farmers have enjoyed a cocooned place in local policymaking and the national psyche, having pre-dated the mining boom. However, with farming contributing less than three percent to the economy annually, a new World Bank report showing it consumes about half of the country’s precious water supplies is adding fresh pressure on the first-borns. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI, reports


A few years ago, a Cabinet minister told a mining conference that while the government appreciated their contribution to the economy, the “apple of the national eye” would always be agriculture.

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