Rundu abattoir still delayed

27 March 2019 | Agriculture

The long-anticipated Rundu abattoir has been stalled by a lack of machinery and equipment, which the agriculture ministry says will soon be procured.

Livestock farmers in the two Kavango regions are still waiting for the completion of the N$110 million abattoir, which had been expected to open by January 2017.

However, due to financial constraints the project was delayed, a situation which has frustrated the farmers who need to sell their livestock to generate income.

Last week, the agriculture ministry's executive director, Percy Misika, said the abattoir had been built, but the necessary equipment still had to be installed.

“The procurement process for these is in the final stage of the awarding of the tender,” he said. The plant will be equipped with modern cold-storage and meat-processing facilities. Livestock farmers have expressed frustration. “We have been waiting too long now for the Rundu abattoir to be operational. With this drought which is affecting our livestock, we need to sell some of our animals in order to survive. We cannot rely on our mahangu for survival because of a lack of rain,” one farmer said. A recent visit to the Rundu abattoir showed that construction was continuing and interlock paving was not yet complete. Currently, farmers sell their livestock at Meatco's mobile abattoir which is stationed at the Matumbo Ribebe quarantine camp, some 75 kilometres south of Rundu.

In December 2017, Nampa reported that the abattoir, once completed, would be leased to private operators.



KENYA KAMBOWE

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