Stanbic Bank Botswana has this year increased support for the growth of the National Agricultural Show, which has in the recent past become an important agricultural platform. The show takes place from 3rd to 9th August 2015, and was officially opened by President Ian Khama on 6th August 2015.
The bank sponsored the erection of livestock exhibition kraals to the value of P600,000.00, in 2012, but it has since increased support further towards the infrastructural developments of the Sebele Showgrounds, which is the official home of the event.
Therefore, the bank has additional contribution of P168,000.00 as sponsorship for the installation of covered kraals which will be used to accommodate show champions this year. In addition the Bank also sponsored the show with 100 branded overalls to be used by livestock handlers.
Chief Executive of the bank, Leina Gabaraane said they are honoured again for the opportunity to partner with the National Agricultural Show Committee in the infrastructural development of these facilities.
“This project is an epitome of what can be achieved through public and private partnership, and I wish to commend the show committee for their resolute commitment towards getting the facilities to their current state”, Gabaraane, whose passion is farming said.
“Agriculture remains key pillar of our economy, it is the one industry which cuts across every Motswana household in one way or the other, and this makes it critical for our future? All we need to do is to get it to sustainably contribute to the economy”.
This year’s Show was held under the theme Practising Smart Agriculture to Combat the Effect of Climate Change. This saw a focus on encouraging farmers to think sustainably, impactfully, collaboratively, and with purpose in all their agricultural activities. “Sustainable agriculture will help us fight the challenges of unemployment that we face today,” added Gabaraane.
The National Show strives to create an environment where farmers, extension officers and other stakeholders enjoy the benefits of farming in Botswana. It also serves as an opportunity for progressive and up-and-coming young farmers to showcase the best agriculture practice and products in the country.
This works to motivate other farmers and to promote investment and interest in agriculture. In addition, the national event also creates a culture of competitiveness, thereby encouraging farmers to produce better and adapted livestock and crops. It showcases the abundant agricultural resources and Botswana’s own potential to celebrate past achievements as well as the good policies available to attract local and foreign investments.