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Horticulture
Introduction

Botswana currently imports substantial quantities of vegetables from neighbouring countries amounting to millions of Pula annually. This is partly owing to the fact that the necessary information on vegetable production locally is not readily available to assist producers in their production. The National Master Plan for Agricultural Development identified vegetable production as one of the priority areas with potential for development in Botswana.

The Department of Agricultural Research has prepared a manual on Vegetable growing. The manual is provided below for download and is intended to be a guide to the horticultural extension personnel, horticultural producers as well as agricultural institutions in their endeavour to improve productivity in the horticultural sub-sector. The manual provides guidelines on seedling production and management, plant spacing, cropping programme, soil fertility, crop protection as well as marketing aspects.

Manual for Vegetable Production in Botswana

Imports of Horticultural Products

Summary of Horticulture Produce Imports-April 2009

COMMODITY

QUATITY(TON)

VALUE(PULA)

Cabbage

711.9

1391993.20

Tomatoes

707.35

3397982.35

Potatoes

1644.51

7252757.67

Oranges

373.38

654691.05

Watermelons

16.95

58549.44

Beetroots

117.79

668436.09

Carrots

284.15

3047994.86

Green pepper

195.9

758604.89

Onions

498.42

2455890.10

Green mealies

23.09

82697.00

Rape

4.17

89892.00

Pumpkins

16.05

63788.05

Sweet potatoes

32.84

76413.17

Spinach

25.54

153678.47

 Total

 

20153368.34

 

Horticulture Statistics - Vegetables

 

Early Estimates: All data as off Apr 09

 

 

Horticulture

Crop

Area (ha)

planted

Estimated

(tons)

Actual

(tons)

Sales 

Vegetables

Cabbage

57.32

2280

435.84

356204.14

Broccoli

0.92

18.4

0

1825

Green beans

0

0

0

0

Garden Peas

0

0

0

0

Radish

0

0

0

0

Cauliflower

0

0

0

0

Kovo

0

0

0

0

Ethiopian Mustard

1.458

29.2

2.164

13773

Chunga

0

0

0

0

Tomato

13

520

177.23

256385.5

Lettuce

0.257

3.75

0

0

Chilies

0.21

3.15

0.242

1751.1

Rape

11.98

359.4

26.406

153345.75

Swiss Chard

3.806

26.6

18.626

67475.31

Choumolier

1.41

28.2

1.515

0

Onion

38.55

1542

2.6

0

Garlic

0.06

0.6

0

0

Spring Onion

0

0

0

0

Egg Plant

0.01

0.15

0.08

480

Baby Marrow

0

0

0.075

450

Butternut

4.73

118.25

174.93

306946.75

Courgettes

0

0

0

0

Green Mealies

0

0

0

0

Water Melons

0

0

0

0

Beetroot

0.92

13.8

0.42

1825.5

Carrots

0.01

0.2

9.25

0

Herbs

0.09

0.72

0.15

0

Pumpkins

0

0

0

0

Green Pepper

0.14

2.8

1.86

46425

Potatoes

15.32

612.8

9.6

0

Sweet Potatoes

0.36

7.2

1.47

4609

Okra

0

0

0.55

6600

Mushrooms

0

0

0

0

Cucumber

0.84

21

18.42

59570

TOTALS

151.391

5588.22

881.428

1277666.05

Horticulture Statistics - Fruits

 

Early Estimates: All data as off Apr 09

 

 

Horticulture

Crop

Area (ha)

planted

Estimated

(tons)

Actual

(tons)

Sales 

Fruits

Oranges

0

210

10.9

163530

Naatjies

0

0

0

0

Banana

0

0

0

0

Mango

0

0

0

0

Peaches

0

0

0

0

Guava

0

0

0

0

Pawpaw

0

0

0

0

Olive(3303)

0

0

0

0

Litchi

0

0

0

0

Grapes

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

0

210

10.9

163530

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