President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Saturday announced Botswana has secured lucrative markets for sheep and goat meat in Saudi Arabia and Norway.
Masisi made the announcement while paying a courtesy call to small stock farms owned by youths at Chadibe cluster farms on the outskirts of Francistown, Botswana’s second-largest city to encourage young livestock farmers to feed the nation. According to President Masisi, the visit aimed to motivate and encourage them to take small stock farming seriously since “it is a lucrative business.”
“The government has secured markets for sheep and goat meat in Saudi Arabia and Norway and the markets are lucrative. The two countries need at least one million tons of small stock meat annually,” he said.
Botswana would have started exporting small stock meat to the two countries this May were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. However, Masisi said Botswana remains confident that it will start exporting to the two countries soon.
In 2019, Botswana’s meat processing firm, the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), invited small stock farmers to send their livestock to the company for slaughtering to start exporting the meat to Saudi Arabia and Norway.