Botswana: President Mokgweetsi E. K. Masisi visited the Texas A&M (Animal Science, Teaching, Research and Extension Complex) – ASTREC in the USA to view the cattle display undergoing reproductive technologies in beef cow herds and small stock.
President Masisi was also shown the 3D ultrasound demonstration and other reproductive techniques.
According to the Assistant Director in the Department of Animal Sciences, Professor KY Pohler University, the new technology seeks to address the loss of revenue that is incurred by a farmer when pregnancies do not reach their full term.
Research should benefit farmers to improve headcount and quality breed. The use of new technology guarantees a ninety percent success rate.
President Masisi also met Professor Clifford Lamb, who is the head of the department of Animal Sciences. Dr Lamb said he looks forward to further collaborating with His Excellency and the representatives of the Botswana Government on the partnered research and exchange of knowledge in new technologies.
The President is accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Lemogang Kwape, Minister of Agriculture, Fidelis Molao, Minister Douglas Letsholathebe; Deputy Permanent Secretary Ms Matshidiso Bokole and other Senior Government Officials and the University of Botswana and Research Institutions.
His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi E. K. Masisi shared his thoughts with members of the media after touring the Texas A&M University, and the tour included the demonstration of reproductive technologies in beef cow herds and small livestock, 3-D ultrasound demonstration and other repro techniques.
His Excellency also toured the Phenotyping Facility. Speaking to the media, he noted that this visit engaged in shared priorities that will support the Government’s effort to improve the quality of livestock and increase herd population through the use of new reproductive technologies.
His Excellency was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Lemogang Kwape; the Minister of Agriculture, Hon Fidelis Molao, the Minister of Education, Hon Douglas Letsholathebe, the Deputy Permanent Secretary to the President, Ms Matshidiso Bokole, Permanent Secretaries, the Vice Chancellors, of the University of Botswana, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, CEO of BITRI and NARDI and Senior Government Officials.