Added Value Chains Can Help Botswana’s Export Trade

Recently Botswana government has been encouraging farmers to form production clusters so that
they can have bulk produce for larger export capacity. In this clusters farmers get to combine
their collective harvest for bulk supply and sell the products to big international markets.
However, in her speech at a resent women event the assistant minister of Agricultural
Development and Food Security Beauty Manake suggested that farmers should form co-
operatives as opposed to associations/clusters. She said Botswana has a huge potential to export
agricultural produce to other countries. She said if farmers could form co-operatives, they could
go far because the countries that Botswana import goods from get the raw materials from
Botswana to process and later send back for Batswana to buy.
A recent report By Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) said the Pandamatenga
agricultural Infrastructure development project, located in an area receiving the highest average
annual rainfall, and could create spin-offs in sunflower processing instead of exporting sunflower
production for processing.
The report further said similarly spin off investment opportunities of projects that Batswana can
look into include horticulture packaging and gross sales to domestic and international markets at
standardized rates. Tomato paste production is an existing opportunity, utilizing surplus tomato
production, opens the possibility to other food packing opportunities.
Meanwhile at Botswana Meat Commission on their recent reports, they urged Batswana to
explore the business opportunities in goods and services presented under the secondary
processing. By this Batswana will get to make clothes from the cow skin/leather, soap from
animal fat and canned beef.