Friday, September 25, 2020

Embattled BDC denies it is abandoning dairy project

The Public Relations Officer of the Botswana Development Corporation, Gomolemo Zimona, has denied that the embattled corporation has abandoned what he had in the past termed the “biggest dairy project in the country” that they had been planning to set up in the country since 2010.

The BDC has of late been dominating newspapers headlines on allegations of wrong doings at the proposed Palapye Glass factory which it is funding.

Zimona said that they are still pursuing the project.

“There is no truth in saying that we have abandoned the dairy project; we are still pursuing it as we talk,” he said.

Zimona was, however, reluctant to say at what stage they are currently at in setting up the project currently or when he thinks the project will start operating. Before the Palapye Glass factory episode started, Zimona had disclosed that they had acquired a farm that will be used for the project in the Central District.

He had also said that they were on the verge of signing a contract with some foreigners who they will be partnering with on the project. He declined to say their names then.

The corporation had apparently decided to go into the business after realization that the country was heavily dependent on importation of dairy products mainly from South Africa where it imports over half of its dairy products.

There was even a scare during the World Cup held in South Africa in 2010 that there was going to be a serious shortage of dairy products, mainly fresh milk, in the country at that time as it would be consumed by the visitors.
This, however, did not happen.

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