Farm to boost sustainable food production

SHARE   |   Sunday, 20 July 2014   |   By Staff Writer
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Chargé d’Affaires Michael Murphy visited the Got Produce farm enterprise this week. Got Produce Botswana is a commercial scale, American agricultural investment that has the potential to increase sustainable food production. Founder Michelle Adelman gave a briefing on the Fodder Solutions initiative, a machine that can grow fodder in only six days. At full capacity, the machine can produce 500 kilogrammes of food a day with just 1% of the water used in regular fodder production. The Chargé also visited Got Produce’s multisystem greenhouse, which is designed especially for Botswana’s dry, hot climate. The greenhouse is run by a computer that waters each plant 14 times a day with small doses of fertilizers. Highlighting Got Produce’s commitment to empowering underserved members of the community, Got Produce employs Batswana mothers and youth to work in its greenhouse. Alderman said she hopes that this revolutionary technology will create jobs in Botswana and address issues regional issues related to food production and security. The company already employs 60 Batswana and that number is projected to grow.