03 Jul 2013 07:00
sRUNDU, 03 JUL (NAMPA) - Farmers in the Kavango Region have called on the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to start renovating the Rundu abattoir which has been closed for nearly 13 years.
The Rundu abattoir was closed in 2001 due to the low volume of cattle which were brought there for slaughter.
Since the closure of that abattoir, farmers in the Kavango Region have had to fork out a lot of money to transport their cattle to the Oshakati abattoir in the Oshana Region for slaughter.
The acting chairperson of the Kavango Regional Farmers? Union (KRFU), Oiva Mahina told a media conference here last week they have been appealing to the government to upgrade the local slaughtering facility to the required standard for beef export.
The Rundu abattoir is owned by the government, and as such any renovation and upgrading of that facility is done by Government.
Without providing figures, Mahina said the number of cattle in the region is now high enough to maintain the local abattoir facility.
?Our humble request to the concerned ministry is that we want to start seeing something happening to the facility this year since the budget for it has already been allocated,? urged the acting KRFU leader.
Mahina then urged farmers in the region to take farming seriously in order to maintain the local slaughter facility for many years to come.
Approached for comment, Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa told Nampa on Monday he fully agrees with the local farmers? union's concerns, saying it is indeed costly to transport livestock either to Oshakati or Katima Mulilo for slaughter.
Mutorwa said he had instructed his Permanent Secretary Andrew Ndishishi to look for funds to start renovating and upgrading the Rundu abattoir.
The minister noted that his ministry had already upgraded abattoirs at Eenhana, Outapi and Katima Mulilo.