FACTORS FAVOURING LIVESTOCK RANCHING IN BOTSWANA

FACTORS FAVOURING LIVESTOCK RANCHING IN BOTSWANA
  • Desire by the government to improve on animal husbandry and beef production
  • Commitment by the farmers to adopt to new animal keeping methods like ranching
  • Existence of large pieces of land relatively flat and easy for animal rearing




  • Sparse population in Botswana provided large expanses of land for animal grazing
  • Existence of poor local animal breeds that necessitated the introduction of cross breeding and high quality livestock
  • Presence of ready market for livestock products within Botswana and the outside world
  • Availability of large sums/adequate capital for setting up paddocks, acquiring high quality cattle, etc
  • Presence of large demonstration farms in the Okavango area through which the farmers acquired new skills in animal husbandry
  • Efficient/developed transport and communication networks like the railway line from Franscistown to Lobatse
  • Desert climate in Botswana with hot temperature, high evaporation rates and unreliable rainfall that did not favor arable farming.
  • Relative peace and political stability which provided a good investment climate for domestic and foreign investors

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