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Botswana College of Agriculture
Private Bag 0027
Gaborone, Botswana
Phone: +267 - 3650100
Fax: +267 - 3928753
www . bca . bw
University of Botswana
Botswana Government

General Information





The Department of Animal Science Production is made up of five units, Animal Clinic, Diagnostic Lab, Field Lab, Nutritional Lab and Student Enterprise Project

  • Sustainable dairy production

Botswana dairy industry is at its rudimentary stage. Milk products demands are met through importation. Data from Ministry of Agriculture shows that demands for fresh milk is increasing. Though the local number of dairy units has increased from 88 in 1996 to 183 in 2001, this increase has not marched by relative increase in milk production suggesting the inefficiency of milk production at farm level. The need to meet the country’s demand for milk is partly been addressed by the government through the National Master Plan for Arable and dairy Development (NAMPAADD). However, concerned institution, which has a stake in agricultural development like Botswana College of Agriculture, has a role in developing innovations that would promote sustainable dairy production in Botswana. This can be accomplished through breed development, nutrition, diseases and reproduction management and marketing interventions.

  • Intensification of sheep and goat production

96% of the sheep, and 99% of the goats are in the traditional sector. However the productivity of these animals is low. Birth rate are low and this can the attributed to poor management of animals in terms of nutrition, reproduction and disease control. Another strategy in promoting productivity of this sub-sector is to develop niche products and find niche markets. This will improve the livelihoods of majority of the rural farmers.

  • Forage production, processing and evaluation

Nutrition is central to animal production. This because feeding influence growth, reproduction and the health of animals. In Botswana animal production is stifled by nutrition. There are times during the dry season when the quality and quantity of feed from the rangelands is inadequate. This calls for provision of good quality feed. Forage production using waste water for irrigation and rained fed systems would go a long way in giving solutions to this problem. Processing and evaluation these forages are needed to improve on utilization by livestock.

  • Sustainable ostrich production

Ostrich farming is a new sector in animal agriculture. It is still face with problems of establishing itself as an industry. Though many farmers may show interest in ostrich farming there is lack of information and little expertise in ostrich farming. Ostrich farming will diversify the agriculture form the traditional cattle sub-sector.

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