Upgrading of Eenhana abattoir is 95 % complete and the handing over to the operators is expected to be effected by the end of July this year.
The new facility is supposed to uplift cattle farmers in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) which will enable them to participate in the mainstream economy.
“One of the main objectives of the beef value chain development for NCAs project is to create diversified marketing opportunities both in the domestic and export markets for meat originating in the NCAs through the value chain. I am pleased to note that the operator has entered into a joint venture agreement with a private meat processing firm, linking meat produced in this abattoir to a processing facility in Oshakati,” Agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb said.
He added that the beef value chain development for NCAs project is an important building block under the government’s growth at home strategy and is aligned to national development policies as articulated in the fifth National Development Plan, the Harambee Prosperity Plan and Vision 2030.
!Naruseb also stated that the handover and operationalisation of the Outapi abattoir comes as a great relief to farmers of this abattoir’s catchment area, namely, the Omusati and Oshana regions, as well as farmers in some parts of Kunene north, west of Oshikoto and Ohangwena regions.
“This is because, NCA farmers in general, could not formally market their cattle for slaughter purposes for the last four years or so, due to the closure of the Oshakati and Katima Mulilo abattoirs in 2016 which was occasioned by the 2015 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the FMD Protection zone of the NCA,” he said.
He added that the operations of the three facilities under this project are expected to be linked, thereby enhancing the formal livestock and meat industry in the NCA.
!Naruseb reiterated that the agriculture ministry is constructing a new abattoir at Rundu with a slaughter capacity of 40 cattle per day and 120 small stock per day .
The ministry is also planning to upgrade the Opuwo slaughter house and construct meat processing facility at Bukalo in the Zambezi region.