The MP for Maun East Konstatino Markus has urged Government to improve road conditions, warning that bad roads are becoming a turn off to tourists. Debating the State of the Nation Address (SONA), Markus said: “We need to bring more money into maintaining our roads that lead the tourists to the tourist attraction areas like the delta, tsone tsa bo Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Our roads are so bad that if you drive today, say from Shorobe to the delta, people do not want to drive anymore. Even the tourists do not want to drive anymore. If this thing carries on for a very long time, I can foresee tourists not even visiting the Okavango Delta because of our roads. We need to improve on this so that we can bring in more tourists into our country to bring in more revenue that will boost the country. I think this is very important that we need to do. The road from Shorobe to Mababe is so bad, we need to rehabilitate that, and put a tarred road on that road so that we boost the economy.” He said other countries like Namibia have better roads. Markus also called for new and better farming methods that could boost the economy. “We need to improve on our cattle farming, especially where there is Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). We need to work hard with the Minister, with everybody to find long lasting solutions that could eradicate FMD once and for all. This has to be done. We eradicated malaria. We have the institute that manufactures that kind of medicine in Botswana. It is high time we work hard and eradicate FMD.” He welcomed the envisaged completion of the Maun Terminal Building, saying it will create more convenience for people in his area, including tourists.