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The Agri-Business Sector in Botswana
BY Alex Conradie
Botswana
28 April 2015
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The Growing of Crops and Horticulture in Botswana


The Agricultural Sector This report focuses on the growing of crops and horticulture in Botswana where the contribution of the agricultural sector to GDP has declined drastically, from 40% at Independence in 1966 to 2.3% in 2013. Despite this, agriculture remains the mainstay of the rural economy, as 38% of the population still lives in rural areas. The most recent census showed there were only 159 commercial farms compared to 77,776 traditional arable farms with an average size of 5 hectares. This has resulted in low crop production which means that food for domestic consumption has to be met by imports. During periods of drought, imports of food may increase to 90% of total demand.


Key Issues


Government support for the sector is strong because of the huge untapped potential in terms of job creation, rural income generation and food security. The Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agriculture Development, Livestock Management and Infrastructure Development Programme and animal disease control measures are all key interventions for progress within the sector. However, the sector is threatened by significant environmental concerns including overgrazing and desertification. Climate change is regarded by many as the most serious as average temperatures are expected to increase by an average 2°C by the end of 2015 and river flows are forecast to decline by 13%.


Report Coverage


The report on the Growing of Crops and Horticulture in Botswana describes the local agricultural sector, government attempts to support and improve crop production and factors influencing the success of the sector. The report also profiles five stakeholders including state-owned enterprise, the Botswana Development Corporation Ltd (BDC) and the country’s major supplier of seeds, Seed Co International Ltd.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 6
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 10
4.1. Local 10
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 11
4.1.2. Regulations 12
4.2. Continental 12
4.3. International 15
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 15
5.1. Economic Environment 15
5.2. Government Support 15
5.3. Information Technology and Technology 18
5.4. Labour Resources 18
5.5. Environmental Concerns 19
6. COMPETITION 20
6.1. Barriers to Entry 20
6.2. Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 20
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 21
8. OUTLOOK 22
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 22
10. REFERENCES 23
10.1. Publications 23
10.2. Websites 24
COMPANY PROFILES 25
ADAM'S APPLE (PTY) LTD 25
BOTSWANA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD 26
LANGDON ORGANIC FARMS (PTY) LTD 30
SEED CO INTERNATIONAL LTD 33