The Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Mr. Patrick Ralotsia, says the government has resolved to privatise the Lobatse abattoir, with the aim of splitting its shares between the government and the private sector.
Addressing stakeholders at a consultative meeting on the future of the BMC on Tuesday, Mr. Ralotsia said some people recently felt that because the BMC is running at a loss, it should be shut down. He said he briefed the Cabinet on the current situation at the BMC so as to find solutions to address the poor performance of the BMC.
The minister said following the discussions, the Cabinet issued a directive outlining resolutions to solve BMC’s situation. He said the resolutions include the Maun abattoir remaining under the government, to assure Batswana that the government would keep buying from them.
He said while an Expression of Interest would be issued for the Francistown abattoir, they expected the Lobatse abattoir to slaughter 650 animals a day, Francistown 380 a day and Maun 120 a day. He said however, that this has only been realised in Maun, but even then, only occasionally.
Mr. Ralotsia said in spite of the Francistown plant’s capacity to slaughter over 300 animals a day, it could only manage 70. He said the government’s decision to keep the Maun abattoir was meant to sustain the industry to guard against it collapsing.
The minister said that they had entered into talks with the Botswana National Beef Producers Union to map the way forward on what can be done to protect the industry.
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