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BDP MP threatens to report Govt to UN

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Marcus Chimbombi

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Maun East, Konstantinos Markus has threatened to report the government to the United Nations over comments made by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Marcus Chimbombi that the veterinary services have “pushed the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) to the corner of the country.”


Speaking at the ongoing Public Accounts Committee (PAC) at the Parliament buildings in Gaborone on Thursday this week, Markos indicated that he was disappointed that the P.S has said that.


“I was disappointed when you said you pushed FMD to the North. Those people who you pushed FMD to also need to survive. They need to sell their cattle for them to survive!” Markus expressed his disappointment.
He further told the PAC that he would report the matter to the UN.


Chimbombi had used the word “push” when he was expressing the way his Ministry had managed to contain the Foot and Mouth Disease over the years. He was in fact responding to the PAC concern that the Ministry was seemingly failing to eradicate the animal disease which had been a calamity in the Ngamiland area for many years.


“The fact that we still talk about livestock industry in this country is because we have managed the disease. We pushed it to the corner of the country,” Chimbombi had responded.


The discussion was prompted by Tati East MP, Moyo Guma who expressed doubts that Chimbombi was ready to stop the looming spread of FMD from Zimbabwe to the Ngamiland Area. The FMD outbreak was recently reported in Figtree, Zimbabwe, which is about thirty Kilometre from Ngamiland.


With dilapidated cordon fences and border fences which are often illegally cut by border jumpers, Moyo expressed fear that another FMD outbreak would spell disaster for the Ngamiland farmers. However Chimbombi assured the committee that his teams were ready to save the Ngamiland cattle from another disaster. He also admitted the fact that the FMD outbreak in Figtree was a threat to Ngamiland.


The Ngamiland has been for years disadvantaged by the FMD outbreaks as its beef cannot be sold to the lucrative European Union market as a result. Although the Ministry of Agriculture through the Botswana Meat Commission managed to sell the Ngamiland beef to Zimbabwe among other few markets, Zimbabwe still owes Botswana over 170 Us Dollars of the life cattle it bought about five years ago.


Chimbombi is unable to push Zimbabwe too hard to pay the debt because Botswana is still doing business with the country.


“After they pay the debt we still want to maintain the relationship,” Chimbombi added.


The diplomatic relations between the two countries have seen Botswana paying a lot extra to fight the FMD both in Botswana and Zimbabwe  as a way of protecting its beef industry and export to the EU.


Three years ago, Botswana vaccinated animals in Zimbabwe solely using its medicine and at its cost so as to prevent the FMD even though Zimbabwe later terminated the agreement. However Chimbombi announced to the PAC that Zimabwe has now approached Botswana and requested it to resuscitate the exercise.


Meanwhile Chimbombi had announced that the Botswana Meat Commission is technically brankrupt and therefore spelling more worries over the future of the country’s beef industry. His assurance that the BMC was working on a turnaround strategy did not convince the PAC who reminded him that the same talk has been there since 2008 and to date, the no strategy has worked.


“We have been talking about the turnaround strategy since 2008 when I was still the Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning but it is still not done,” Tati east MP, Moyo Guma expressed the doubt.


However Chimbombi maintained that someday the strategy would work and would push BMC out of the red. He further maintained that his Ministry would ensure that agriculture contributes six percent of the country’s income instead of the 2.8 percent it is currently contributing.

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