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2013/14 DROUGHT AND HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY ASSESSMENT OUTLO...
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2013/14 DROUGHT AND HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY ASSESSMENT OUTLOOK EXERCISE

2013/14 DROUGHT AND HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY ASSESSMENT OUTLOOK EXERCISE

Following the Drought Assessment Tour Exercise conducted from the 14th April to 14th May 2014, findings of the assessment indicate that there has been a significant improvement of rainfall across the country during 2013/14 compared to 2011/12 and 2012/13 rainfall patterns season. Government has concluded that the overall food situation in the country has improved significantly.

The 2013/2014 forecast production for cereals (maize, sorghum and millet) represents 60% (156 000mt) as compared to 15 % (39 000mt) in 2012/13 of the national requirement/demand for cereals. This increase can be attributed to the good rains that were received during the ploughing/planting season, and the review of Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agriculture Development (ISPAAD) which included introduction of new packages (herbicides and hybrids, increase in ploughing/planting, harrowing and minimum tillage rates).

Livestock population has also increased

Livestock population has also increased, continuing to exert more pressure on the grazing land as evidenced by severe rangeland overgrazing in some areas. Despite the significant rainfall, available grazing cannot sustain livestock into the next rainy season. As regard to the livestock situation the year 2013/14 is a drought year.

In view of the above, the following relief measures and actions have been adopted to assist those recovering from the effects of the three year drought spells that Botswana experienced. Relief measures which will be at a total cost of P77 285 182 for the period 1st November 2014 to 31st April 2015 are as follows;

a.Provision of a 25% subsidy on selected livestock feeds and supplements covering; drought pellets, coarse salt, Botulism Vaccine 100ml, Di-Calcium phosphate, Molasses, Roughage in the form of Bran or similar product.  

b.Provision of double ration supply coverage for all children under the age of five years and attending child welfare clinics and other vulnerable groups (Under 5’S, 5-6 years, TB outpatients, lactating and expectant mothers).

c.Provide second meal feeding for primary schools in hard hit areas which include; all  sixty-nine (69)  Remote Area Communities (RAC);  Central District (Bobirwa and Boteti); Ghanzi District (Ghanzi and Charleshill Sub District); Kgalagadi District (Kgalagadi South and Hukuntsi Sub District), Southern District (Mabutsane Sub District and Good Hope Sub District); Kgatleng District; Kweneng District (Kweneng West) and South East District.

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