Lesotho Increases Fruit Production – African Business
Lesotho Competitiveness and Financial Inclusion Project in collaboration with Lesotho National Farmers’ Association (LENAFU) will equip farmers with skills to increase fruit production.
This is according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Business Development and Tourism Senior Public Relations Officer Ms. ‘Mantletse Maile.
Ms Maile indicated that they intend to train farmers so they can have skills to meet the needs of Basotho by ensuring that they make fruits available to stop importing them and grow the economy of Lesotho.
She also pointed out that funds are available to meet the needs of farmers and increase fruit production in the country. She said that the event would be held in Hlotse this week is expected to attract farmers’ representatives.
Ms Maile highlighted that during the training, they will have a tour at Mahobong Fruit Production Farms where farmers will learn more about the experiences of those who produce fruits.
Lesotho Apple Growers had shipped about 30 bins to South Africa in the early 2022. This was equivalent to 90,000.000 Top Red and Golden Delicious apples.
The apples are products of the World Bank programme aimed at strengthening the country’s private sector through high-value, high-potential value chains such as nature-based tourism and horticulture with a focus on deciduous fruit production.
The project first started in 2006 and locally it has sold to Shoprite, Game, and Pick n’ Pay stores. It is sponsored by the World Bank as well as the government of Lesotho.
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