From having to pay M800 per load of the by-product to now getting it for free for the next three months is a major relief for the hard-hit farmers. After the government announced a 60 percent subsidy program on farming inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, there was no such thing on the side of the animal feeds.
But the brewing company has since come with a rescue measure that will see farmers enjoying the service at zero cost.“There is an increased interest in spent
grain and its use as a livestock supplementary feed, particularly in dairy, pig, and small stock production for increased productivity and production.
“MMB has designed a programme that will ensure relief for local farmers by availing spent grain-free of charge for the next three months. The pilot project for this initiative will be rolled out on October 1 to December 31, after which there will be an opportunity for possible review,” MMB said on Monday.
The brewer added that the undertaking is in line with its COVID-19 alleviation initiatives to help Basotho recover from the effects of the pandemic.
An agreement between MMB, the Department of Livestock, and the Lesotho National Farmers Union (LENAFU) have been reached to ensure the process happens seamlessly and transparently. Farmers are expected to organize themselves into manageable groups that can
collect the spent grain collectively from the MMB plant in Maseru. No individual farmer shall collect the by-product for their own individual purposes, but only the farmer groups will be allowed. The lists should be authentic and verifiable and submitted to LENAFU for planning and scheduling.