One of the country’s richest district in terms of cattle head count, Ngamiland, will soon get its third privately owned meat abattoir.
The facility which is expected to open its doors during the second week of April 2018 is located less than 30 km south of Maun along the Sehithwa road.
The abattoir Managing Director Chris Garvin says the initial expectation is that the facility will slaughter up to 200 cattle per day. The number, he however will depend on the demand of beef in both in the region and outside.
Gavin also pointed out that the abattoir will be selling the beef to the foreign markets amongst them China and DRC.
The two countries are amongst the few countries which still accept beef from Ngamiland district despite the reoccurrence of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
Meanwhile local farmers in Ngamiland are said to be excited by the opening of the abattoir as they believe it will help to bring more competition in the business and better process for their cattle.
The opening of the new abattoir comes at a time when Ngamiland farmers are at logger heads with government owned meat agency ÔÇô Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) over purchase prices.
Maun BMC currently buys at P19 per kg from Ngamiland farmers as compared to P23 per kg in Francistown and Lobatse abattoirs respectively.