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Fao donates farm equipment

Ntsebeng Motsoeli

MASERU — The Food and Agriculture Organisation (Fao) this week donated agricultural equipment worth about M2.7 million to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

The Fao representative in Lesotho, Dr Gaoju Han, handed over the equipment that included laboratory devices, growth chambers, seed graders, planters and armyworm control gear to Agriculture Minister Litšoane Litšoane.

“The handover of agricultural equipment worth US$275 000 (about M2.8 million) illustrates the close collaboration between Fao and MAFS in Lesotho,” said Fao wrote in a press statement.

“This equipment was received at the Department of Agricultural Research, in Maseru by Minister Litšoane and handed over by Fao Representative in Lesotho, Dr Gaoju Han,” it said.

“The equipment donated by Fao includes laboratory devices and supplies allowing MAFS to conduct soil tests, two growth chambers and seed graders in support of locally produced seeds, four tractors and fifteen ox-drawn conservation agriculture planters to upscale conservation agriculture adoption and armyworm control gear and associated chemicals.”

This donation was made possible thanks to the funding of the European Commission Humanitarian Office, USAID, the British Department for International Development, and the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security.


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