“In Lesotho we have dedicated and passionate young and old people in farming. The initiative is giving them the right attention they need to grow and upgrade their farming. It was only last year when we were in North West South Africa where we saw a free range, Bushveld, farmer who rakes in an annually income of R1.2 Million. This made some of the farmers to come back home and increased their production”, Mats’oele adds.
Currently in Lesotho, says Mats’oele, “We now have farmers who sell around 150000 layer chickens and the income generation impact is huge and more of our farmers are now expanding. The money that we make in our scale per annum in Lesotho is far more than other civil servants annual income”. As the chief organiser of this year’s event, Thabiso Mats'oele is farming both Koekoekoe and Ducks. The minimum price for a duck is R150 and that of Koekoek is R85, and with annual selling quantity of 500 each makes YLFA farmers’ income decent for sustainable Lesotho’s middle class livelihoods .
This year’s planned farm visits to Basotho farms have been organised under the “Temo ke Bophelo” and Mr Mats’oele stresses that all farmers, any aspiring farmers as well as any person wishing to explore Lesotho’s farming industry are all invited to the event. Dates for the tour are 4thand 5th October, whereby a tour of Leribe happens on the 4th and Maseru on the 5th. The tours will be wrapped up with an exhibition on the 6th at Sethaleng sa Mopapa near Maseru Mall. For the tours, Mr Mats’oele says everything is free except the transport to such farms that shall be visited.
“At Sethaleng Sa Mopapa we will be displaying Basotho’s agricultural products and produce and we are looking forward to see Basotho farmers use that platforms to advertise and sell themselves through their work. This is the chance to prove that we want to produce. All sectors of businesses are also invited because in one way or the other business is inter related,” according to Mats’oele.
Among some of the items that Mats’oele highlights as necessary for farmers to bring along for a successful display at the exhibition, stuff that will communicate to the world that Basotho farmers are ready for business:
Flyers printed your work
Table with sample of meat produce
Posters with photos of your products
Tent and table with motoho or Mangangajane
Sample of your beans and sorgum
The public, stakeholders, dignitaries have also been invited to the exhibition.
BEDCO is partnering
Lesotho Flour mills is invited
Media houses are invited
Pick and Pay will also be there as potential buyers of Basotho farmers’ produce.
For free registration and further information people can contact: 59121128 and 59988925.