Kgantshang — It was a dream come true for 36-year-old Mr Joseph Murangi who has been struggling for years to buy a high breed buck to improve his small stock farming.
The young farmer who owns a small stock farm at Kgantsang could not believe it when President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi delivered a high breed buck at his Modern Way Goat Farm situated 10km from Maun along the Ghanzi road on Saturday.
Mr Murangi who specialises in the rearing of sheep and goats was speechless and emotional as he received his gift.
The young farmer is reported to have raised a good number of goats and sheep through LIMID programme with the number of his stock currently at 38 sheep and 60 goats.
Speaking during the handing over, President Masisi motivated him to soldier on as the donation was meant to help him grow into a renowned commercial farmer and to eventually support others.
He explained that the breed, which is a mixture of a boer and Saanen would improve his breed.
President Masisi was also impressed to learn that the youthful farmer took advantage of several government initiatives such as LIMID, ISPAAD and Youth Development Fund (YDF) to expand his project.
He explained that the country was striving to move from a middle-income economy to a high-income economy hence his initiative to support those who realised that agriculture could butter their daily bread.
He appreciated that what they were doing was in line with vision 2036 pillars.
Earlier on, Dr Ramosamo Rancheke from the department of Agriculture told the President and his entourage that the youthful farmer started small stock farming at the age 22 as he grew up in a family passionate about farming.
The young farmer was said to have started with beekeeping but the project failed along the way and he applied for LIMID programme in 2010.
He was assisted with ten goats and ten sheep which he managed well and multiplied.
In 2013, Mr Murangi’s stock was affected by stable fly (lethobo) outbreak which left him with 15 animals.
Dr Rancheke said later he applied for YDF and was funded to the tune of P100 000 and managed to restock while part of the money was invested in developing the farm.
During 2017/18 financial year, Mr Murangi managed to fence his farm through assistance from ISPAAD, he said, adding that he also applied for LIMID again to buy hammer mill machinery.
The youthful farmer is reported to have started horticulture production to boost his income generation.
For his part, Mr Murangi thanked the President for the noble gesture noting that the buck would indeed sustain his production as he had longed to own a high breed to improve his herd.
“I don’t know how to thank you, my President, because you made my dream come true,” he said with a soft voice and teary eyes.
He assured the President that he would not disappoint him as he would look after the buck.
The assistant minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Ms Beauty Manake appreciated Mr Murangi’s commitment towards farming.
She said most young people were reluctant to tap into farming opportunities because they lacked commitment while some believed that agriculture was meant for elderly people.
She said it was impressive to see young people coming forth and taking advantage of available government programmes to reduce the high unemployment rate.
Source : BOPA