Diamond mining behemoth Debswana Diamond Company has sponsored the 2015 the national agricultural show, which starts tomorrow, with a whopping P2.7 million for the construction of the livestock judging ring. The announcement was made by the organising committee chairperson Gertrude Kelebemang during a media tour of the show ground facilities on Wednesday, who decried shortage opf sponsors to develop the show grounds. She urged other companies to partner with them to help grow the agricultural show even further. The classy judging ring has stands estimated to have a holding capacity of 700 people. “The judging ring will come handy to us not only during the show time but also all year round,” said Kelebemang.
She said they are planning to use judging ring to raise funds for their annual activity, by renting it out to members of the public or organisations who need a venue to hold functions. On the other hand Stanbic Bank sponsored the construction of additional cattle kraals at a tune of P2.4 million. By Wednesday the construction of the kraals was still on going with the committee optimistic they will be concluded by Friday. Kelebemang said since they got the sponsorship late they will only construct 80 additional kraals this year. “All together we are planning to build 140 cattle kraals but this year we will build only 80 and the rest will be constructed after the show,” she explained.
Despite these additional kraals the organising committee members still feel they are not enough looking at the number livestock brought to the show. “We are anticipating an increased number of livestock this year. This is due to the programmes that have been introduced by the government such as LIMID, Young farmers fund and other which help people to venture into agriculture,” said one member of the committee. Even though the organising committee members are thankful of the sponsorship from Debswana and Stanbic they called on other companies and stakeholders to come on board and help. According to Kelebemang the show continues to grow every year with the number of participants as well as livestock increasing.
She said this calls for infrastructural development to accommodate all those who want to exhibit at the show. Kelebemang thanked companies such as Debswana and Stanbic Bank for their commitment and continued support to improving the show ground. The committee have shown an interest of building up a big exhibition hall in future to stop using tents as is the cases now. Other intended developments will include the improvement of the horse racing ground. This however will only be attained through the help of sponsors and stakeholders.
The show ground sits on a total land of 81.9 hectares with only 9 hectares currently used for the exhibitions and the committee says there is still a lot to be done to develop the ground. Kelebemang therefore called on different companies to come and partners with them to develop the show ground in order to delivered quality agricultural show. It is the third year that the agricultural show will be held at the Sebele Show grounds. Although the show starts on Monday (August 3) the official opening and the judging ring opening are scheduled to be done by President Ian Khama on August 7, 2015.