SOURCE: African Business Review

African Business Review

May 01, 2012 16:30 ET

Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board Performs a Difficult Balancing Act in a Crucial Industry, in African Business Review

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - In a report in African Business Review, the role of the Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board in developing markets for locally grown products such as grain crops, beans and oil seeds is examined.

BAMB was created in 1974 to play a major role in the distribution and pricing of produce in such a way that provides a much-needed balance between consumers and producers' interests. BAMB employs 143 staff and senior staff at BAMB must have attended university and attained qualifications relevant to their jobs.

"We try to get people with an adequate level of academic training when they arrive so that they can get straight on with their job. Our training is mostly job related, with focus on management and leadership training for senior staff and various computer related training programmes," says Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Masego Mphath.

BAMB has 11 branches strategically located in production areas across Botswana, where local produce is bought and sold; as well as storage facilities with over 100,000 tons capacity in the form of warehouses and silos. Produce is transported between production areas and consumption centres via rail or road.

"Our job is to achieve good prices for the producers, while we provide value for money for consumers. It is a very difficult act to maintain, but we have been doing it for more than 35 years now!" says Mphathi emphatically.

BAMB is currently operating under a three-year strategic plan for 2011- 2014. "In this plan we emphasise the implementation of Quality Management Systems (QMS) leading to business excellence at the end of our strategy and hope to be ISO certified by 2014," adds Mphathi.

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About Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board
BAMB was created in 1974 to play a major role in the distribution and pricing of produce in such a way that provides a much-needed balance between consumers and producers' interests. BAMB employs 143 staff and has 11 branches strategically located in production areas across Botswana.

For more information, visit http://www.bamb.co.bw.

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