Botswana: Livestock Trade, Traceability Project Gets P6.7m Boost

Gaborone — Botswana’s commodity-based trade and livestock traceability project has received P6.7 million funding from the European Union (EU).

The project will be implemented by Conservation International over a period of three years.

Speaking at the launch of the EU support yesterday, Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security Mr Karabo Gare said the project came at a crucial time when the country was experiencing the effects of Foot and Mouth disease in Ngamiland and Chobe areas.

He said the noble gesture would assist the nation in improving the livelihoods of the people in the two areas.

“We, therefore, hope that in addition to enabling market access and improving the livelihoods, this project will also help alleviate the human-wildlife conflict in Ngamiland and Chobe districts which were also our major tourist destination,” he said.

Mr Gare said the project would also ensure sustainable co-existence with wildlife and livestock.

Through the project, he said it was expected that farmers would benefit from improved market access, increased revenues and enhanced use of natural resources.

For the leather value chain, the programme would support farmers’ organisations in improving animal husbandry practices leading to quality hides and skins to suit the emerging leather industry, he said.

He said the support would facilitate implementation of the project because it focused on the safety of beef production processes instead of the traditional geographic-based approach to FMD-risk management.