The Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Patrick Ralotsia, says government has come up with proposals for the privatisation of the Lobatse and Francistown abattoirs.
Addressing delegates at a consultative meeting which was held in Maun recently, Ralotsia hinted at the BMC overhaul stating that government was advocating for the privatisation of the Lobatse abattoir, but proposed that shareholding be shared on 50/50 basis between Government and the private sector.
He also said government was proposing for the complete privatisation of the Francistown abattoir, whilst the Maun abattoir goes on with normal operations.
“We intend to invite expression of interest for disposal of Francistown abattoir,” said Ralotsia,adding that the facility was not only unprofitable but suffering from a low count of cattle population.
As for the Maun abattoir, the minister stated that they intended to keep the project “under BMC as a social project”.
UDC President Duma Boko said having a meat regulator would be advantageous as it would help with altering the functions of various players in the industry including BMC.
Amongst other things, Boko said this would ensure an efficient system which would result in the growth of the industry in Botswana.
Late last year, Ralotsia was accused of going behind the back of farmers to negotiate with Israelis and Kuwaitis to invest in BMC. At that time, Ralotsia confirmed that he had presented a proposal to Cabinet for the privatisation of BMC saying: “We know that some of these partnerships will require us to make some modifications as far as the meat processing and the sale of our beef is concerned because of some of the religions our potential partners are involved with.”