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P.S Chases Famers out of FTC Quthing


Ntsoaki Motaung

The Principal Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security Nchaka Makara has expelled the Lesotho National Wool and Mohair (LNWMGA) out of the Farmers’ Trading Centre (FTC) facility in the Quthing district.

The government of Lesotho had an agreement with the LNWMGA to use the facility for their project for Sheep Breeding in Quthing.  

However, in a letter written to the LNWMGA Manger, dated April 8, 2021 the PS bemoans the association’s use of the facility to make money.

“Dear Sir, it has come to the attention of the Ministry that Lesotho National Wool and Mohair Growers Association is utilising the facility and collecting revenue, which does not form part of Quthing Sheep Sublease Agreement. You are therefore, requested to vacate the FTC facility within thirty days upon the receipt of the letter, unless other arrangements are being made,” Makara said in the brief note.

According to the definitions of the sublease “Farmers Trading Center shall mean the buildings or structures and facilities put in place for the proper functioning of farmer training programme, these include, class rooms, kitchen, dining hall, offices, demonstration plots, staff residence, milking parlour, pig sites and other facilities mentioned in the valuation report”.

Khotsang Moshoeshoe, Spokesperson of LNWMGA, indicated that the PS speaks only from his head and he does not really know what he is doing. Saying that what he is doing clearly shows that he did not seek assistance from his legal office.

“The letter was written in the presence of the former Minister of Agriculture and Food Security but I do not think he even knew about the letter. We received the letter on the 8th April and we replied on the 9th where we requested the PS to withdraw his letter within seven days but to date he has never replied we are still awaiting his reply,” he said.

Meanwhile, this paper failed to get a comment from the PS because he dropped the line as soon as he learned he had a news reporter on the line.

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