Botswana Agricultural Marketing board (BAMB) Acting Chief Executive officer Dr Benjamin
Ditsele, when handing one of the two John Deere tractors that the Board was giving away to
enhance empowerment and farming in this country, said this one of the organization’s giving
back to their customers and community.
To win a tractor one should spend P500 or more on seeds, fertilizers, pesticides or combination
at any BAMB outlet and stand a chance to win a tractor and boom sprayer. The competition was
run at Francistown and Gaborone, and draws were made which ended on Friday. The
competition ran from January to March was open to BAMB customers country wide
In Francistown Nkululeko Futswayo emerged a victor and the draw in Gaborone Booster
Nkomba took the second tractor. They also additionally gave away boom sprayers and knapsack
sprayers to ten other customers respectively.
Speaking at the final draw of the competition at BAMB branch in Gaborone, BAMB Acting
Chief Executive officer Dr Benjamin Ditsele said the Board exists within a mutual support
between it and its customers, hence initiatives like Win A Tractor to give back in kind.
“It only makes perfect sense for them(customers) to come up with this competition because their
main mandate as a one stop shop for famers is to support, empower and sustain arable farmers,”
He said this is also part of their initiative to help government programmes such as the Integrated
Support Programme for Arable Agriculture Development (ISPAAD) because they rely on giving
farmers with tractors tenders to plough for other farmers.
When he explained on their choice of the tractor, he said the John Deere brand is trusted in
durability and it went well with their idea of giving away the tractor because they wanted to give
away an implement that will be used for years to come. Ditsele said it is only his hope that the
winners of the two tractors will take this a stepping stone to grow in farming and hopefully help
their communities in using the tractor to contribute to the country’s food security.