The Ministry of Agriculture will in future outsource some services which it has been rendering to farmers, says crop production director, Galeitsewe Ramokopane.
The director noted that some services
- among them seeds distribution and fertilisers
- which are given to farmers will in future be supplied by the producers themselves with farmers buying their own seeds from the suppliers instead of relying on the department for distribution during the ploughing season.
The aim of outsourcing such services, Ramokopane explained, was to allow the department to focus on their core business of ensuring that farmers plant properly so that maximum output was achieved from the land which has been allocated for production.
NO WESTERN BYPASS FOR F/TOWN
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has no plans to construct a western bypass road in Francistown.
Assistant Minister, Botlogile Tshireletso said she was not aware of any danger and inconvenience caused by heavy duty vehicles and mining machinery passing through high density low cost residential areas of Maipaahela and Kgapamadi.
She further said she was not aware of any threat posed to the structural stability of houses as currently all abnormal heavy vehicles use the A3 road which passes through Thapama roundabout to Nata.
RAILWAY LINE AT CBD RISKY
Sinking of railway line around the Central Business District (CBD) can be considered.
However, it needs to be highlighted that this can cause a risk of exhaust gas emissions in the tunnel or underground.
The Minister of Transport and Communications, Nonofo Molefhi, informed Parliament that the exhaust fumes could be fatal to the train operators as well as being detrimental to locomotive engines due to insufficient oxygen consumed in the running of locomotives.
He stated that this would only be a viable option if all Botswana Railways trains were using electric locomotives albeit being a ‘very high’ capital intensive proposal.
Molefhi said for now the sinking of the railway around CBD in Gaborone was not a viable option to be considered at this point in time.