Mo­hair farm­ers match SA stan­dards: PM

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili has lauded wool and mo­hair farm­ers for match­ing their South African coun­ter­parts’ stan­dards, say­ing they could sur­pass that level with more hard work.

Dr Mo­sisili made the re­mark yes­ter­day in his ad­dress at the an­nual small stock farm­ers show held at the Le­sotho Agri­cul­tural Col­lege (LAC).

He said live­stock farm­ers deserved com­men­da­tion for main­tain­ing high stan­dards in the care of their an­i­mals.

“I am very im­pressed to see the good job the farm­ers are do­ing with their live­stock, be­cause is it of very high qual­ity,” the premier said.

“I was at a sim­i­lar show in Bothav­ille, South Africa last week, and I didn’t see any dif­fer­ence be­tween the sheep and goats there and the ones from Ba­sotho kraals.”

Dr Mo­sisili said for Le­sotho to re­tain its po­si­tion as a top mo­hair and wool pro­ducer, the farm­ers should con­tinue to im­prove.

“I urge you to con­tinue work­ing hard even though these an­i­mals are of high qual­ity breed. You must con­tin­u­ally im­prove,” he said.

Holisa Le­sotho Na­tional Wool and Mo­hair Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Chair­man Mokoinihi Thinyane said the farm­ers worked hard to keep their live­stock alive and healthy de­spite the rav­ages of the El Nino-in­duced drought ear­lier this year.

“It is for that rea­son that we wanted Dr Mo­sisili to see for him­self that live­stock farm­ers are work­ing hard and did not al­low the drought con­di­tions to de­mor­alise us,” Mr Thinyane said.

“We also want to thank the gov­ern­ment for con­tribut­ing to­wards start­ing a project that is go­ing to im­prove the qual­ity of wool and mo­hair through the es­tab­lish­ment of butcheries, a wool shed and other in­fra­struc­ture.”

Se­monkong live­stock farmer, Molomo Hoko, told the Le­sotho Times he owned 200 sheep and made be­tween M100 000 and M200 000 an­nu­ally from sell­ing wool and mo­hair.

Asked how he man­aged to keep his sheep alive and healthy dur­ing the drought’s peak pe­riod of De­cem­ber 2015 and Jan­uary 2016, Mr Hoko said he had to buy food for his live­stock and fetch wa­ter for them to drink from nearby dams

“Some of the an­i­mals died dur­ing that time and that was a great loss to the busi­ness. We also ended up spend­ing more than we were earn­ing, but we per­se­vered be­cause those an­i­mals are our gold and we de­pend on them to earn a liv­ing,” he said.

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili (far right) in­spects sheep ex­hib­ited at the small stock farm­ers show yes­ter­day.

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