Talking too much of the failure of Thaba-Tseka project would be a mistake since most of the rural development projects in Lesotho had faced the same problems. Wile declaring result of his experience with the project and admitting that the project had its share of frustrations, oe of the original planners of the Thaba-Tseka project argues that he would never again be involved in any field management project. Tlking to the author, h indicates that of all the development projects launched in Lesotho, oly Thaba-Tseka had positive impacts. Twards end of this project, auniversal move seems to be observed in both Maseru and Ottawa towards a therapy of the project reputations.
Ulike other projects that failed terribly, Taba-Tseka was a better off. Te original aim of the Thaba-Tseka project was to be a range management/livestock project. Fom its beginning, te project was seen as the most fundamental and could increase the livestock production. Te idea of rationalization and commercialization of livestock production remains the core of the project planner’s designs for development of the region through all the phases.
I is proper to take a keen look at the role of animal in the local socio-economic system since livestock took a particular place in the programs and plans of the Thaba-Tseka development project. The Thaba-Tseka project directors have not only been the one concerned with livestock production since this has been the preoccupation of post-colonial and colonial development planners. Tese planners had viewed Lesotho grasslands as one of the few exploitable natural resources of this nation. Te traditional non-commercial forms of stock keeping have continuously frustrated Cange has not been realized in the cattle industry despite the continuing efforts of other European and colonial specialists to commercialize it.
The Basotho kept their animals mainly for investment, pestige and pride price, ad that is why their farmers could not sell the surplus livestock. Te dual economy theory states that the Basotho keeps their livestock the way they want since stock is of high value Sotho culture for symbolic, scial, eonomic and religious reasons. Te reason the Basotho keep many animals and are reluctant to part with is that they overvalue their livestock.
Bt due to encroaching modern economy, tese traditional values are slowly dying out. Te three phases of evolution for southern...
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