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FOUR VILLAGES TO BENEFIT FROM MINIMAL LAND SERVICING
25/02/16
FOUR VILLAGES TO BENEFIT FROM MINIMAL LAND SERVICING

 

Four villages in the North East district have been earmarked to benefit from the minimal land servicing initiative that will be implemented through the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP).

This was revealed by the chairperson of the North East District Council (NEDC) Ms Florah Mpetsane at the start of a full council session on Monday. Ms Mpetsane said the servicing of the four villages of Shashe Bridge, Tati Siding, Matshelagabedi and Matsiloje would cost government P22 million. Explaining to the meeting that the minimal land servicing initiative entailed opening up roads through bush clearing and also reticulating water to newly allocated plots, the chairperson noted however that the district had requested that the initiative cover a total of nine villages; the total cost of which would then stand at just over P64 million. She then observed that of the nine villages submitted for approval, Mabudzane, Masunga, Letsholathebe, Vukwi and Makaleng were not approved.

She pointed out that consideration was only limited to villages with base maps as advised by the Ministry of Lands and Housing under whose auspices the initiative will be implemented. On agriculture, Ms Mpetsane said the take-over of Livestock Advisory Centres (LACs) by the Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) was very important as farmers will be serviced efficiently.

The move, she said also included staff transfers to BAMB particularly posts such as labourers and field assistants whereas extension officers and supplies officers would be retained by the Department of Veterinary Services. (BOPA)

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