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Adaptation: The key to surviving and thriving

The Department of Meteorological Services (DMS) recently presented to the stakeholders, a bleak seasonal rainfall  outlook for the 2015/16 season . Just as we are emerging from a devastating 2014/15 drought things don’t seem t be getting any better, thus threatening the prospects for the agricultural sector. It is apparent that a wet season is no longer what we can ... Read More »

Small stock: which breed makes the most money?

Which small stock breed is going to make you the most money? This is a question most aspiring small stock farmers have asked this year’s National Agricultural Show prize winning small stock breeder Henne Schutte. And he has an answer to that question; “People in Botswana like to ask; ‘Which breed will make you the most amount of money?’ I ... Read More »

Botswana agriculture and value chain enhancement

Value chain is an important element of ensuring that farmers benefit much more economically. The current trend of  agriculture production in Botswana is still at its lowest and a lot more work still needs to be done to ensure a thumbs  up satisfaction is realized for the food security of Botswana. Botswana as part of many other 53 African states ... Read More »

The genesis of the Bonsmara

The main problem livestock production in the tropics and subtropics, the world over, was what became known as the tropical degeneration syndrome amongst the Bos Taurus breeds of cattle. The British beef  breed namely the Shorthorn, Hereford, Angus and to a lesser extent Sussex and Red Poll, did not thrive under the sub-tropical conditions of the ranching areas of South ... Read More »

Protecting cattle farmers against financial loss

The Hollard Insurance Company has, many awards later, surely defined itself as a pioneering and forward-thinking insurer with the needs of its markets being priority. Previous awards, both local and at group level, have described Hollard as being “the Insurer that meets clients expectations”. In Botswana, where agriculture and farming are high on the national agenda, Hollard has introduced a ... Read More »

BITRI steps up fight against climate change

With climate change dashing most arable farmers’ hopes and threatening the national food security  aspirations, the Botswana Institute of Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) has embarked on a  research project that will help the farmers make accurate decisions that will help them attain an optimum harvest in the face of unpredictability brought about by climate change. According Professor Nyaladzi Batisani ... Read More »

Entrepreneur aims to improve small holder farmers’ livelihoods

“We are empowering small holder farmers to become wealthy,” says Martin Stimela about his new mobile application which he expects to take Botswana’s agriculture to new heights. It is the first of its kind in Botswana. Speaking in an interview with Farmer’s Magazine Botswana recently, Stimela said the new mobile application will be targeted at Botswana’s underserved smallholder farming community. ... Read More »

Sandveld farmers appreciate Hydrocon products

With their impressive range of quality products, local farming equipment manufacture and service provider, Hydrocon made quite an impression at the recently ended Sandveld Ranchers Field Day. “Hydrocon’s products are always well received, as we have been supplying the agricultural sector for over 10 years with our range of quality Botswana made products. Farmers appreciate products which last, and Hydrocon ... Read More »

Ways to market your poultry

As is common with any farmer who wants to see financial gains from their efforts, there is a tendency by poultry farmers to spend a lot of time, energy and resources on the production side of things. This is understandable given the fact that many people involved with farming are so in love with the production side of it that ... Read More »

The business side of farming

One thing any successful commercial farmer will tell you is that they run their operations in a business like manner. In our previous edition (January/February 2015) we ran a story in which the Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) marketing manager, Lorato Kwelagobe urged local farmers to take up farming as a business. When it comes to farming, many Batswana farmers ... Read More »