None benefits from agro-tourism

Parliament has been informed that none of Batswana have benefited from agro-tourism in the Takatokwane constituency because guidelines for the business were newly implemented by government.

Following concerns raised by stakeholders that most of the agricultural land was being converted to tourism and not serving its primary purpose, Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism said in parliament that the guidelines were reviewed, with the involvement of the Ministry of Lands and Housing.

Minister Tshekedi Khama said the new guidelines were now awaiting approval by the Ministry of Lands and Housing, adding that he was not aware that officers were not helping clients because of unclear guidelines.

“There is a strong possibility that the officers were cautious in giving advice because the guidelines were still under review. The final approval of the new guidelines will no doubt facilitate the appropriate guidance and support to our clients,” he said. Takatokwane MP, Mr Ngaka Ngaka had wanted to know how many Batswana benefited from agro-tourism in his constituency. The MP had also asked if the minister was aware that officers failed to help clients due to unclear guidelines communicated at the constituency.

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