CCB hosted 55 Ghanzi Farmers’ Network members at a workshop on the 13th November 2018 to discuss various farming issues and to map a way forward for farming in the region. Using the inception workshop hosted for the members back in 2016 as a point of reference, issues of stock theft, livestock market, predation and drought were highlighted as key priorities and concerns in the farming region of Ghanzi. The main objective of the workshop was to assist the network members and discuss issues relating to the local and national livestock market. Farmers had the opportunity to share their experiences, network and benchmark from others to better their management skills. They also got to learn new techniques and receive advice from the instructors which included staff from the Agribusiness and Veterinary Services departments, the Botswana Police stock theft division and CCB staff. These technical training opportunities provide a perfect platform for promoting sustainable farming, with the hope that all conservation stakeholders grow to appreciate and understand the challenges of conservation and opportunities for coexistence with wildlife. With fewer than 1700 cheetahs left in Botswana, there is a great need for the employment of community coexistence measures. A big thank you to facilitators and participants of the workshop – we hope to meet again next year and continue working together to assist in improving your farming businesses and at the same time, creating a safe place for cheetahs in Botswana.
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