Sunday, September 27, 2020

Ngami farmers irked by Maun abattoir closure

Farmers in Ngamiland have reacted angrily to announcements that the much awaited opening of the Maun abattoir has been put aside indefinitely.

The announcement comes just after a recent visit by Vice President Mompati Merafhe to Maun, where he assured the farmers that the abattoir will re-open May 29th.

Phillip Wright, the chairman of Haina Veld Farmers Association said it is unfortunate that Merafhe chose to misinform them about the abattoir opening.

“The opening of the abattoir has already been postponed for more than three months. While our leaders kept on telling us untruths about exactly when the abattoir will be opened, a simple visit to the abattoir showed a different story, as renovations were still going on and the whole area was covered with dust” he said.

He said Maun farmers are facing difficulties, especially with low prices that they get for their livestock.

“This discourages farmers to treat farming as a business. They [government]want to pay us peanuts for our livestock and we will not take this lying down. We will go to the highest office in the land”, said Wright.

Another farmer, Keleitsang Ledimo, said it was always clear that government is misleading them.
He accused government and Botswana Meat Commission of making empty promises.
Attempts to get a comment from BMC headquarters were futile at the time of going to press.

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