15 Apr 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 15 APR (NAMPA) Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Member of Parliament (MP), Mike Kavekotora has called for the establishment of a modern abattoir with processing facilities at Opuwo in the Kunene Region.
Kavekotora made this statement in the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday during his maiden speech on the Appropriation Bill of 2015, when he called on the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to consider the establishment of an abattoir, as such a move makes economic sense.
The RDP MP motivated his statement by drawing the attention of the House on a study commissioned by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) between November 2012 and December 2013.
The study revealed that in many of the regions in the Northern Communal Areas (NCA), 70 per cent of households own 30 cattle or less, with the exception of the Kunene Region where the number is significantly high, he said.
Kavekotora said this basically means that the Kunene Region is the only region in the NCAs that can market livestock commercially.
He said he supports the allocation of N.dollars 2 415 159 000 to the ministry for the 2015/2016 financial year, as that sector has the greatest potential to create permanent jobs and feed the nation.
He indicated that an investment in de-bushing by the central government will be money well spent on contributions to economic expansion.
According to the Combating Bush Encroachment for Namibia's Development project, bush infestation in Namibia has led to a 60 per cent decline in commercial livestock over the last 40 years, causing losses in the national economy estimated at N.dollars 700 million per annum, Kavekotora said.
The RDP MP said, although the sector has great potential, it needs serious intervention by Government if it is to realise its fullest potential.