Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

TheVoiceBW

News

Agric Ministry to use drones next ploughing season

*Sorghum yield grows by 10 percent in2019/2020 ploughing season

With less than two months left before the beginning of the ploughing season, The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has resolved to use drones to measure ploughing fields to avoid late payment of ISPAAD to farmers.

This was said by the Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Beauty Manake in Parliament this week. 

“I have also been informed that drones were used in Pandamatenga in the control of the pest infestation which was a big challenge this past ploughing season and their use has been commended as sorghum yield has increased by 10 percent,” Manake said.

She added that the ministry is exploring the use of Information and Communication Technology to address challenges they face on provision of extension services to farmers, and the services will be sourced from local companies.

Another milestone initiative that the ministry is going to implement is the registration and profiling of farmers, which is expected to assist in identifying their specific needs.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“This is in appreciation that farmers have varying capabilities, needs and also designed profile based initiatives which will promote graduation across different farmer categories. From farmer profiling, there would be farm registrations to ensure good agricultural practices for traceability purposes, for the reasons of food safety as described by the ministry of Health and Wellness,” she said.

Manake said that this season the ministry aims to increase agricultural productivity by availing value added agribusiness service advisory, agribusiness enterprise development and capacity building initiatives.

“Furthermore, we are in partnership with the ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry to facilitate market access for farmers to cap post-harvest losses and ensure exploring of the agricultural value chains”.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

News

'I have accepted my fate but Masisi owes me answers!' Motlalekgosi

Sports

Old Trafford recognises Botswana Supporters' Club

News

Victim was awaiting Covid-19 test results

Business

Botswana is said to be in a state of do or die, with its economy on a sick bed and almost half of the...

Entertainment

“My ultimate aim is to study Medicine and become a medical doctor” Ngeepetjike Ngaruka’s portrait picture is the first in a list of 2020...

News

” I hope its a minor misunderstanding”- Tsogwane Member of Parliament for Tonota, Pono Moathodi, has taken his frustrations about the speaker Phandu Skelemani...

Entertainment

Heading home One of Botswana’s Ambassador’s is heading home after being dramatically recalled from his diplomatic post two weeks ago. Shaya delayed on this...

Entertainment

Shaya is sending deepest condolences to the veteran promoter, Zenzele Hirschfeld, who lost both her mother and friend-cum-mentor, Tops Masole. The two passed away...

Advertisement

Copyright © TheVoiceBW. (Since1993) made with ❤️ in Botswana.