The recently held 43rd Ghanzi show was a success. The show which was hosted under the theme “Sustainable economic diversification beyond 50 years through green technology” was officially opened by Botswana Stock Exchange Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thapelo Tsheole. Officially opening the Ghanzi Agriculture show Tsheole described the show as “an icon of progressive growth given its clear contribution to the country’s Agricultural output especially in the beef industry.” He said the show offers farmers and aspiring farmers the opportunity or the chance to learn from the country’s best farmers adding that he views Ghanzi as one of the most strategic economic zones in the country.
He said the theme was relevant as it is timely and underscores the importance of economic diversification especially considering the fact that the country is overly dependent on the diamond industry. He also highlighted the importance of green technology given the current global warming scare urging farmers to adopt climate friendly farming methods or practices. Tsheole said farmers have to pay particular attention in the way they rear their cattle and the way they plant their crops so as to avoid further exacerbate the situation. He said the current generation of farmers have to farm with the next generation in mind.
“It is the noblest thing we can currently do to make sure we secure this earth for many generations to come,” said Tsheole.
Tsheole further urged the Ghanzi community to come up with strategies that can help diversify the country’s economy. He said that there are yet opportunities that Ghanzi people can still tap into in as far as making use of all the cattle products is concerned with the main intention of keeping the economic activity and jobs within the country borders. Furthermore, Tsheole has urged farmers to consider listing their farms with the Botswana Stock Exchange.
“Come to Botswana Stock Exchange, create farms, list those farms, run them professionally, access money from the investors, sell shares, get money and increase your production and in turn increase your profitability,” urged Tsheole.
Meanwhile on other issues, this year’s show still saw it being dominated by Lemcke Ranches in the cattle section. Below is a list of some of the award winners at the show;
Name of Exhibitor Champion class
Lemcke Ranches Best Bull on show
Senior locally bred Bull
Senior Champion Bull
Junior Champion Bull
Junior Champion female
Junior locally bred female
Junior locally bred Bull
Reserve Champion of the Yard
Callie Lemcke Champion of the Yard
Grand Champion female
Senior locally bred female
Champion locally bred animal
Senior Champion female
Wolf Ranches Champion Slaughter animal on the hoof
Small Stock section
Name of exhibitor Champion Class
Alma Venter Champion of the Yard
Senior Champion Goat ewe
Grand Champion goat ewe
Champion locally bred goat ewe
Bushra Grand Champion goat Ram
Senior Champion Goat Ram
Champion locally bred Goat Ram
Gulam Husain Grand Champion Sheep Ram
Grand Champion Sheep Ewe
Reserve Champion of the Yard
Senior Champion Sheep Ewe
Senior Champion Sheep Ram
Jan Cecil van den Heever Champion locally bred Sheep Ram
Champion locally bred Sheep Ewe
Frans Kanguaiko Junior Champion Sheep Ram
Trudie Vickerman Junior Champion Sheep Ewe
Callie Lemcke Junior Champion Goat Ram
Poultry and Rabbits section
All awards in this section were won by Kago Nthaga.
Meanwhile the much anticipated horse race was won by “Antarctic call” from CharlesHill.FMB