The Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Fidelis Molao says Maun abattoir has planned a shutdown lasting four weeks from July 24, 2015 to upgrade and automate the production like.
Answering a question in Parliament, Mr Molao said that would allow the abattoir to process up to 120 cattle per day as compared to 100 per day.He said slaughtering capacity would be provided by the Francistown abattoir during the period starting from July 29, 2015 for cattle from the Hainaveld farms and from the Makalamabedi-Chanoga-Shorobe veterinary extensions areas.
The minister said the cannery plant and the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) had built in fresh meat and offal product development capacity in the upgrade project. He said the project would improve the market value of fresh meat and offal’s derived from Ngamiland cattle.
He said the value of the product would far exceed the value of canned products.As such, he said there would be no requirement to build a cannery in Maun.Member of Parliament for Ngami, Mr Thato Kwerepe has asked the minister to give an update on progress made to upgrade Maun abattoir to increase its slaughter capacity.Mr Kwerepe also wanted to know when the proposed cannery would be built.
Source : BOPA