Oshakati and Eenhana abattoirs set for commissioning
27 Jun 2019 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) The renovation of the Oshakati and Eenhana abattoirs is expected to be completed soon, with their commissioning set for early July, Executive Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Percy Misika has said.
In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, Misika said the abattoirs will be tested and commissioned by the first week of July and handed over to the operators, Kiat Investment Holdings on 11 July 2019.
He noted that the Katima Mulilo abattoir is expected to be completed by the first week of September 2019, after which it will immediately be handed over to the operators, Zambezi Meat Corporation.
He explained that the sites of the Katima Mulilo and Oshakati abattoirs were handed over to the contractors at the end of August 2018, with an expected completion date of 30 November 2018, however when the renovation work was underway, it was discovered that there were crucial machineries and equipment with defects.
The lack of additional funds to cater for these items delayed the renovation work, he said.
Misika noted that with the current drought situation in Namibia, the completion and operationalisation of the abattoirs will enable farmers to destock their livestock, which in turn allows them to earn income that will enable them to stock up when the drought adversity subsides.
The Oshakati and Katima Mulilo abattoirs rehabilitation cost over N.dollars 14 million.