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Moswaane faces toughest challenge

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Francistown West Member of Parliament Ignatius Moswaane will face probably one of his toughest Botswana Democratic Party primary election challenges of his political career as he has five parliamentary candidates to contend with.

Moswaane is so far the most politically experienced candidate having been a councillor at Monarch South before he became a Parliamentary candidate following the death of the then area MP Tshelang Masisi.

He has also been a Mayor of Francistown City something which adds cream on his credentials to defend his position.This Saturday, he will come head on with former Monarch North BDP councillor Raoboy Mpuang, Tebogo Toteng who was born and bred in the constituency, Kanana ward councillor Cornelius Gopolang, Gregory Kealotswe and Kago Phofuetsile. Moswaane could eventually win because of vote splitting caused by other candidates.

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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Sun ePaper Wednesday 05 August 2020

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