Botswana launches wildlife project to prop up agro-tourism

Botswana has embarked on a project to offer start-up wildlife stock to farmers, for keeping within their agricultural holdings.

Tuduetso Pretty Nkunyane, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism on Friday said the animals will remain government property.

“And after successful breeding of the animals, the applicant would be expected to donate to another authorized farmer or government, the same number of animals that they would have received as start-up animals,” said Nkunyane in a statement.

She said the transactions would be authorized and supervised by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, and only permissible after written approvals.

“Each applicant will be given no more than five animals per species in their permit,” said Nkunyane.

According to the government the species to be availed under this start-up support scheme are limited to Impala, Gemsbok and Zebra, Eland, and Warthog.

The dispensation is open until July 31, 2022, and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks urges the nation to take advantage of the program to enhance their tourism product and contribute to the development of associated wildlife value chains