Barclays Bank of Botswana under its Agri-Business Unit recently hosted Young Farmers Association for a roundtable series aimed at sharing skills, knowledge and deepening relationships.
This is one of the many initiatives from Barclays in support of the agricultural community as it continues to contribute and support Botswana’s agricultural sector.
Barclays Director of Business Banking, Andre Potgieter was truly excited to kick off this collaborative effort, through platforms that encourage dialogue, sharing of ideas, and insights. He said, “the potential that our young farmers in Botswana have to transform the agricultural space is huge, and as Barclays Bank of Botswana we are committed to helping them in this regard. “The promotion of increased participation of youth in agriculture satisfies many key aspects that stand to benefit our communities and our economy.”This he said includes: job creation, economic diversification, and the potential to reduce the country’s huge food import bill. The roundtable discussions were headlined by Ernst Janovsky, one of the well-regarded Agricultural Economists in South Africa and a well-known speaker on agricultural economics. His sound academic background and extensive practical experience as a farmer and member of the agricultural industry at large has proven invaluable over the course of his career.