The vision for citrus farming in Botswana entails a 1,500-hectare citrus development in South-East Botswana, showcasing our commitment to agriculture and the development of a sustainable industry, and furthermore creating new opportunities for businesses and individuals to innovate and expand.
Selebi Phikwe Citrus will be one of the largest consolidated citrus developments in southern Africa, located near Selebi-Phikwe in the Central District of Botswana. Intended as a flagship horticultural project for the country, it will provide a source of employment for up to 1500 people (permanent and seasonal). In addition, it will provide indirect benefits to the local economy such as increased economic activity and food supply.
The development is situated on a 1500-hectare site and will house 880 hectares of citrus planted by December 2022 and 320 hectares of other fruit by 2025. Based on the climatic factors particular to the site, the orchards will consist of a range of citrus cultivars, including mandarins, Valencias, lemons, and grapefruit. Leasing rights for the land have been secured for 83 years (33+50) and water rights have been allocated from the Letsibogo Dam. Despite the long-term nature of the investment, it is forecast to deliver strong returns to investors.
The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) and SPEDU, a regional economic diversification agency, both under the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (MITI), are critical local stakeholders that are able to unlock distinct investment benefits. SPEDU facilitates investment into Selebi-Phikwe Special Economic Zone with a specific focus on manufacturing and horticulture, whilst the BITC is intended as a one-stop-shop for accelerated investment.