The Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security has extended the ploughing period for the northern part of Botswana by an extra 11 days.
The ploughing period will now remain open until 26th February.
According to the Ministry’s Chief Public Relations Officer, Boikhutso Rabasha, government took into consideration that rainfall arrived late and therefore wanted to allow farmers to take advantage of the moisture from recent falls.
“Due to effects of climate change, rain comes very late which has compelled us to occasionally extend the ploughing period,” Rabasha told The Voice in an interview.
The Ministry also extended the same gesture to farmers in the south, giving them an extra seven days.
The ploughing period in the south ends on 31st January while 15th February is the deadline in the north.
“Ploughing dates are technical. In the south for instance we experience winter season earlier hence the January deadline,” said Rabasha.