Livestock farmers disapprove discriminatory schemes

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A long serving member of the National Agricultural Show organising committee, Matshego Gobuamang, yesterday decried livestock farmers’ exclusion from some initiatives that benefited their crop producing counterparts.

Speaking during the official opening of the show yesterday, the Kweneng district farmer, who has been a member of this committee since 1988, bemoaned that that livestock farmers did not benefit from the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (ACGS).  The scheme falls under the mandate of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, was set up to assist dry land crop farmers and reduce their debt obligations with participating banks, in case of crop failure caused by a natural disaster.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), it originally covered drought only, but floods and hailstorm were subsequently included following a directive from President Ian Khama.

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