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About the Department of Animal Production

The mandate of the department is to provide quality service to livestock farmers and other stakeholders through effective extension service.

The Department of Animal Production has the following core functions;

  • Training farmers on good management practices, transfer of technologies, marketing strategies and livestock production systems.
  • Encourage youth, women and resource poor persons to venture into rabbits, guinea fowls, tswana chickens, pigs, dairy, beef and smallstock.
  • Encourage citizens to start projects on ostriches and equines.
  • facilitating and implement livestock support schemes to increase production and reduce poverty among poor members of the society, youth and HIV/AIDS affected persons
  • encouraging establishment of commodity associations including Botswana Ostrich Farmers Association (BOFA), Botswana Pig Producers Association (BPPA), Botswana Poultry Association (BPA), National Dairy Association of Botswana (NDAB), Botswana Smallstock Association (BSA) and Botswana Cattle Producers Association (BCPA)
  • facilitating improvement of the national cattle herd using AI (Artificial Insemination)
  • facilitating development of artisan tanners and leather manufacturers
  • facilitating demarcation and development of farms (ranches) to improve management of livestock and sustainable use of range resources.

 

 

 

Vision

The Department of Animal Production commit itself to provide quality service towards sustainable and diversified livestock industry

Mission

Our mission is to provide quality service to livestock farmers and other stakeholders through effective extension service.

Divisions of the Department of Animal Production

The Department of Animal Production comprises three divisions namely Ruminants, non Ruminants and Livestock Services. Ruminants and Non Ruminants are responsible for development of different commodities whilst Livestock Services provide support service to commodities.

RUMINANTS
The division of Ruminants is made up of three Sections including Beef, Dairy and Smallstock (Sheep and Goats). The mandate of this division is to provide extension services as regards to animal husbandry, farm management and disease prevention.

NON RUMINANTS
The division of Non Ruminants comprises of four Sections including Equines (donkeys, horses and mules), Ostriches, Piggery and Poultry and Rabbits. This division is responsible for providing extension services as regards the animal husbandry and management farms.

LIVESTOCK SERVICES
The division of Livestock Services has four Sections namely Hides and Skins Improvement, Range and Fodder production, and Artificial Insemination.

The mandate of this division is to support Ruminants and Non Ruminants with services that promote production, breeding, animal feeds and by products.

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