20 Mar 2017 19:20pm
CORRECTION: INSERT Lucia Iipumbu IN FIRST PARA.
OSHIKUKU, 20 MAR (NAMPA) - The Deputy Minister, Minister of Economic and National Planning, Lucia Iipumbu has expressed her support of the envisioned donkey abattoirs, saying the initiative could add value to the country's economy.
We need to start getting more than just meat from donkeys, because we could be losing out on other things such as the donkey skin. Opening these abattoirs would enable us to do this, said Iipumbu at the opening of an agricultural retailer in Oshikuku on Saturday.
She was responding to questions from the community regarding the abattoirs as they fear the theft of their donkeys if the market becomes available.
Plans of setting up donkey abattoirs at Okahandja and Outjo for export to China are said to be underway.
The abattoirs activities are expected to include the slaughtering as well as processing of donkey meat.
It is expected to create more than 100 jobs at Okahandja.
Iipumbu ensured the community that the abattoir will be regulated by law and will not accept any dishonesty about the ownership of livestock.
This abattoir will be regulated and donkey owners will volunteer to sell their donkeys just the same way they do at cattle and goat abattoirs.
She added that this could be a good opportunity for Namibia to bring in foreign currency.
Consuming donkey meat is not unusual as it is very often processed and put in salamis across Europe or is offered as a delicacy on the menus of some Italian, French and Chinese restaurants.
Reviews are mixed but most describe the taste as that of beef but not as fatty or sweet and others liken it to horsemeat that has a higher animal protein content.
Donkey leather is also popular around the world and is used to make durable boots and jackets.