Wilderness Safaris, Seedco In Seed Donation Drive


As the ploughing season gains momentum in most parts of the country, Okavango Wilderness Safaris was this week in the Okavango donating seeds to farmers in the Okavango Community Trust Villages of Seronga, Gunotsoga, Eretsha, Beetsha and Gudigwa.

The safari operator, which has over the years assisted farmers in this area with seeds, de-stumping, farming implements and borehole drilling, has this year partnered with Seed.co Botswana, a reputable seed supplier in the region to deliver 2 tonnes of the much need seeds to communities worth over P95 000.

As the two organisations were making the donations, a tractor from Wilderness Safaris was also busy at work tilling the land for those under the Eco-exist conservation farming project. The project has done a cluster fencing (electric) for a number of farmers, and Wilderness Safaris came on board with implements.

Simultaneously, another machine provided by Wilderness Safaris was also busy with the de-stumping exercise.

Speaking at the donations that were done in the respective Kgotlas, Wilderness Safaris Stakeholder Manager Moalosi Lebekwe revealed that theirs was to play a role in enhancing food production in the area, complimenting government’s efforts to ensure food security.

Lebekwe highlighted the company’s efforts over the years to assist farmers produce food, that included seed distributions, assistance with implements among others. He said their partnership with seed supplier Seedco Botswana was testament to their unending desire to assist farmers in the area.

For his part a representative from Seedco Botswana Hoffman Rammala assured the farmers that the seeds donated – two varieties of white maize were high quality products that when used appropriately yield great results.

He further emphasised Seedco, wants farming communities to produce enough food to feed themselves and the nation, while they are also able to spare some for the markets.

He however, cautioned farmers against abandoning their farms after ploughing as this negatively affect forecast harvest, thereby defeating the noble effort of the seed distribution exercise.

The exercise has been hailed by both farmers and community leaders as an encouragement to the deteriorating interest in farming, especially amid issues of human wildlife conflict.

Particularly intrigued, specially nominated councillor, who graced all the five villages donations Molatlhegi Bayeyi expressed gratitude to Okavango Wilderness Safaris and Seedco for their entrenched dedication to improve farming with the OCT villages.

He further highlighted the cordial relations that exist between the community was borne out of an equally good relationship between OCT and Wilderness safaris over the use of concessions belonging to the former by the latter on lease basis. He noted that the Wilderness Safaris went beyond just being a lessee and took interest in improving the livelihoods of the communities adjacent to the concessions.

Testament to this, he said was the food donation drive that Wilderness Safaris undertook during the Covid-19 pandemic where the company distributed tonnes of food hampers to the residents on numerous occasions.

It would be in the best interests of the community and the company that the partnership remains inforce, he submitted.


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