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Majoro hands over hybrid sheep to shepherds

Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro

June 9, 2021 3 min read

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PRIME Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro on Monday handed over more than 500 hybrid sheep to shepherds under the poverty reduction programme of the Prime Minister's Office at an event held in Upper Moyeni, Quthing.

The sheep were presented to shepherds from Semonkong (8) Mohale's Hoek (12), Quthing (40) and Qacha's Nek (16) to meet them halfway to becoming livestock farmers.

Handing over the livestock, Dr Majoro who was accompanied by among others Deputy Prime Minister Mathibeli Mokhothu said agriculture is the backbone of the government policy to assisting Basotho feed themselves and engage in commercial farming.
He said there is need for the nation to invest in agriculture for sustainable commercial farming of livestock and crops, adding that the government is committed to supporting Basotho in agriculture, hence, it assists them with machinery and other farming inputs to boost agricultural production.
He encouraged beneficiaries of the sheep to protect rangelands and wetlands for the livestock to have enough grass to feed, adding that the government will work hand in hand with farmers to improve all policies that will promote wool and mohair sales and their produce for the benefit of Basotho
For his part, Mr Mokhothu said the policy to donate hybrid sheep to the shepherds is vital and should be improved to include women and extended to various agricultural production sectors such as piggery and chicken rearing.
He encouraged beneficiaries of the project to protect and care for the sheep and always seek technical assistance from Agricultural Extension Officers at the nearest Agricultural Resource Centres.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Likopo Mahase said preparations are underway for the construction of an artificial insemination laboratory to further improve livestock production locally.

The Principal Chief of Quthing Chief Seeiso Nkuebe encouraged beneficiaries to take care of the sheep for the project to improve their livelihoods, adding that they must observe range management regulations for improvement of pastures for the benefit of their livestock.

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One of the beneficiaries, Motloang Mokhachane from Qabane in Mohale's Hoek who is a Chartered Accountant by profession said he has been involved in livestock farming since he graduated and failed to get employment.
He noted that it is high time that Basotho focused on courses that will help the create Jobs after graduation as the lack of employment is a serious challenge in the country.
Each of the beneficiaries received 10 ewes and one ram. They were selected by their respective communities, community councilors and area chiefs based on their potential to rear livestock. LeNA


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