Over the years we met different characters in not only Lesotho’s farming community, but also neighbouring countries. Amongst the most outstanding personalities, the movers and the shakers of the Mountain Kingdom’s economy pioneered many trade unions, co-operatives, commodity associations, but tried in vain to sustain them through the challenges of dynamism of trade and production challenges.
It had always been Greek to many, inclusive of academia, corporate, backbenchers and national executive when one talked about Merino or Angora, even in situations where the country’s world largest producer of mohair run up status was maintained over the years. (Lesotho is the second largest producer of mohair.) In the mist of all that, a polished double qualified farmer but gentleman brewed by the Lesotho Agricultural College in 1958 and later 1968 remained a very rare germ for nearly sixty years of his professional career. Mojalefa Lephole is a man who never applied for any post, but was always hunted, and negotiated in for different posts in government and private sector.
He qualified as a General Agricultural Technician with a Diploma in 1958, later after 10 years as a Veterinary Assistant, as he got his Veterinary Diploma in 1968 from his alma mater college. He opened his veterinary private practice in Matelile, but had to later on resort to nursing him very own, as animal health was not regarded that important by then.
To date, some of our own Basotho breeders in Merino and / or Neapolitan Mastiff invest heavily in rams/bull dog with a sole purpose of breeding the right animals for their clients. Khotsang Moshoeshoe is one farmer investor who pushes for quality in his breeding. He goes up to M 50,000.00 in an auction to procure his breeding rams. On the other hand, Rethabile Mpeako, the Scientist, Doggy Corner Columnist and Dog Breeder spend up to M 20, 000.00 for his Napolitan Mastiff Bull.
These two examples above are a clear indication that Lesotho must find ways of establishing insurance for these kinds of investments. It is again very important to underline the issue of Lesotho having less than ten veterinary doctors. We must admit that our own systems have to be revolutionised. We need to build and protect our own wealth.