Destructive aquatic weed reappears after 30-year absence in Botswana

The Botswana Department of Water Affairs (DWA) has appealed for emergency assistance to fight the resurgence of water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes), an invasive aquatic weed that displaces native plant species from water bodies. Addressing the 2nd Botswana Biodiversity Symposium held in Maun recently, DWA invasive weed expert Dr. Naidu Kurungudla…

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Zambezi River regional fishing ban weakened

The Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources says the continuation of fishing operations in Zambia has rendered the tri-nation Zambezi River annual fishing ban ineffective. The annual Zambezi River regional fishing ban runs from 1 December to 1 March to allow fish to breed and stabilise stocks. The ban,…

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Rwanda bans agriculture imports from SA due to listeriosis

Rwanda has banned the importation of a wide range of meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit products from South Africa (SA) following the outbreak of listeriosis, a food-borne viral disease that causes fever, muscle aches and diarrhoea among other gastro-intestinal symptoms. The disease has infected over 500 people and killed…

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Botswana horticultural market shut down for failing to achieve goals

The Botswana Horticultural Market (BHM) has been closed down for being a drain on government finances and continuously failing to achieve set objectives. The BHM was set up in 2008 by the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security as a central horticultural produce regulatory and marketing agency where farmers…

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