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The government has extended the ploughing season in the southern part to enable farmers to plough through one of the five government flagship programmes, Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agricultural Development (ISPAAD).

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama told residents of Mabutsane in a kgotla meeting recently that the government has taken the decision to extend the ploughing season in the southern part of the country to February 7. He noted that the initial closing date for the ploughing season was January 31, but that following late rains the government took the decision to extend the period to enable farmers to plough through ISPAAD. Farmers in the southern part of the country had decried late rains, noting that if the government would not extend the period it would destroy their opportunity to plough under ISPAAD. President Khama said he visited the area in order to get first-hand information with regard to residents’ welfare and see how best he could assists them.

The President also had an opportunity to introduce his cabinet ministers to residents. President Khama also donated 30 chairs to the kgotla, 50 blankets to the elderly and less privileged members of the community as well as football kits and soccer balls.
President Khama also donated Bibles to residents, noting that they would encourage the nation to lean on God. The Mabutsane kgotla was packed beyond its carrying capacity, as residents where eager to meet the country’s first citizen. Residents expressed gratitude to the services offered by the government to the villagers, noting that it was a worthwhile investment in human development.

Village Development Committee chairperson, Ms Kebeditswe Sephetsolo thanked the government for facilitating developments in the village.

She requested for tarmac roads in the village. (BOPA)

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