Councilors for Maun Administrative Authority (MAA) sub district have called on the minister for Agricultural Development and Food Security to come up with a solution to eradicate the stable flies known as Lethobo that are currently killing small stocks, donkeys and horses. The Department of Veterinary Services presented at the just-ended sub council that 340 mortalities which include 281 goats, 47 sheep, 8 calves, 2 donkeys and 2 dogs around Lake Ngami have been reported so far. Councilors said government has turned a deaf ear to farmers’ plea despite the damage that the flies have caused to the farming community. They also indicated that the stable flies’ outbreak is around areas such as Bodibeng, Kareng and Sehithwa and Tsau.
The councilor for Bodibeng, Bothatogo/Somelo, Morafemong Matsimanyane said heavy rains have led to the increase of the stable flies around Lake Ngami, bringing far reaching effects to the farmers as they continue to claim lives of livestock. Matsimanyane urged government to take these stable flies as a disaster and find an immediate solution before farmers lose what they have. He said farmers alone cannot fight the stable flies as it is not easy to control the flies during heavy rains. “Controlling these flies is very expensive and these poor farmers cannot afford to buy these expensive chemicals,” he decried. He also decried that the government has long been informed about the stable flies but has not taken any action. Councilor for Boyei, Ntlogelang Kebonyekgotla regretted that government beneficiaries who were given small stock through the poverty eradication scheme are the most affected.
He also noted that the Department Veterinary Services (DVS) knows that these flies are caused by heavy rainy season that have been experienced in the country but they were not pro-active enough. Kebonyekgotla advised farmers to take responsibility of their livestock and stop depending on the government for everything. The councilor for Kgosing/Kubung ward Galaletsang Mhapha also raised concern that the government has ignored the stable flies that are currently threatening livestock in the district. He said that the government must take this as a matter of urgency because the flies are killing livestock at a high rate. “The minister was here and he visited all those areas but nothing has been done to remedy the situation,” he regretted.