Botswana: Elderly Small-Scale Farmer Holds On

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Mr Radikgaka Xhokoni, 75, a small-scale farmer near Motopi at the western end of Boteti West constituency is passionate about livestock farming, having enjoyed its returns from way back in 1982.

Though done primarily on a subsistence basis, Mr Xhokoni’s farming venture, in particular small stock rearing, has over the years enabled the old man to fend for his family, which comprises his wife and their 10 children.

Having begun from humble beginnings with just one cow which he inherited from his late father in 1982, Mr Xhokoni used that single animal as a springboard to a more sustainable farming venture.

“That one cow from my father was the start of everything you see here today. I sold it and bought two calves, and that is when the journey to multiple the little that I had began in earnest,” he explained.

Mr Xhokoni, who pursues his farming endeavours at Ramoxhiki cattlepost west of Motopi, soon after acquired a goat from a fellow subsistence farmer.

“I exchanged a bag of millet for the goat, and that way I was able to introduce small stock rearing to my budding livestock rearing exercise,” he states, showing how the goat acquired through battering had laid the foundation for his small stock venture.

A couple of years later, after gifting his uncle, one Mr Bosele Monthe of Ngamisami cattlepost near Khumaga with a donkey, Mr Xhokoni was delighted when the former thanked him back with two ewes.