Farmers call for speedy completion of Rundu abattoir
26 Jun 2019 21:50pm
RUNDU, 26 JUN (NAMPA) The Kavango East Farmers Union (KEFU) has called for the speedy completion of the Rundu abattoir.
KEFU Chairperson Adolf Muremi made the call at a meeting with Vice President Nangolo Mbumba during his visit to the region on Wednesday.
Since Meatco moved out of the abattoirs at Oshakati and Katima Mulilo in 2014, the region started facing challenges of where to market their livestock, Muremi said.
The chairperson explained that Meatcos mobile abattoir started operating thereafter, but it could not address the farmers needs.
Muremi said currently 900 cattle are in line to be slaughtered at the mobile abattoir, adding that some farmers are concerned that their cattle might not be slaughtered this year as they feel the mobile abattoir cannot handle the demand.
Muremi called on the government to source funds in order for the abattoir to be completed.
The abattoir, which is being constructed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, should have been completed in January 2017, but work was delayed due to financial constraints.
Muremi said the farmers have heard governments appeal for farmers to destock due to the drought, but there is not enough market access for all livestock to be sold.
He proposed that the government use some of the funds allocated for drought relief to complete the abattoir.