21 Dec 2017 07:20am
RUNDU, 21 DEC (NAMPA) The Rundu abattoir currently under construction and about 80 per cent complete, will be leased to private operators upon completion.
This was said by Chief Veterinary Officer in the Directorate of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), Dr Adrianatus Maseke, in an interview with Nampa on Thursday.
He said the facility, upon completion, will be leased to suitable and experienced private operators through an open public tender process.
Maseke said the construction of the facility, which was bexpected to be completed in January 2017, was delayed due to cash flow problems experienced in the ministry.
A new date for completion is still to be determined, he said.
Asked about the number of jobs the ministry expects the abattoir to create once operational, Maseke said since the project is still at construction stage, it is left to the operator to decide how many employment opportunities will be created.
In January this year, New Era newspaper reported that the N.dollars 110.8 million abattoir and meat processing facility would be equipped with modern cold-storage and meat processing equipment.
It will not only serve as a cattle slaughter facility for the export of beef, but also for small stock such as goats and sheep.
Furthermore, once completed, it will have a maximum slaughter capacity of 50 cattle and 150 goats per day. However, the slaughtering of cattle remains the facilitys core function.
Although the meat processing facility is being built to world-class standards for export purposes, provision to sell to locals will also be made, MAWF Minister, John Mutorwa, said during a visit to the site in January.