President Ian Khama announced in his State of the Nation Address that Government continues to expand its welfare programmes. “As at September 2016, a total of 35,713 destitute persons, 105,754 Old Age Pensioners, 1,795 World War II Veterans, 1,303 Community Home Based Care patients, 29,828 orphans, 34,264 needy students and 2,263 needy children were being supported on a monthly basis. “The Supplementary Feeding Programme continues to be provided in the 755 Primary Schools with an enrolment of 341,864 pupils and 966 Health Facilities with a total of 299,096 beneficiaries. In line with our drought declaration, Government is providing a second meal at primary schools in Remote Area Communities and rural districts. Provision of double food ration for other vulnerable groups, such as under-7 year olds, TB outpatients, lactating and expectant mothers, is also being implemented countrywide. “The pre and primary schools menu is under review to move from supplementary to full feeding. This will include food commodities that provide wholesome nutrition with the Home Grown School Feeding initiative of purchasing food commodities found in their localities. Government continues to procure agricultural produce for primary school pupils. This Initiative began in 2009 as a way of promoting agricultural production and livelihoods amongst subsistence farmers. During the harvesting season, from April to June, P9, 348, 495 was disbursed this year for the procurement of fresh agricultural produce from a total of 1,027 farmers,” he said.