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BDP supports government on BMC transformation

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) welcomes government decision to transform the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) into joint ownership between government and farmers.

Speaking at a press briefing on March 6, BDP deputy secretary general Mr Shaw Kgathi said close to 80 per cent of cattle industry was owned by small farmers.

He said the loosening of BMC monopoly was an issue which was discussed both at parliament and cabinet, adding that recently they had been considering options as to how BMC could be improved.

Mr Kgathi said government resolution would go a long way in developing the beef industry, given that the government had made it clear that BMC would be converted to a limited liability company and

it would be commercialised to achieve operational efficiency.

“It will become a Pty, Ltd company so that it can improve its efficiencies and there will be a mix of ownership between the farmers and the government on one side, and there would have to be a re-modeling of business operations of Lobate and Francistown in two to three years,” he said.

The Maun abattoir, he said would remain a government entity to assist North West region, given that there were over 200 000 cattle in the area, and the beef market in the region would have to be taken care of by Maun abattoir.

Furthermore, he said there would also be the livestock and meat industry regulator for control of the livestock industry and all relevant legislative instruments relating to the livestock and meat industry would be reviewed with a view to creating an appropriate regulatory framework.

In other issues, he said as BDP they also welcomed the move by Angola government to end visa requirement between Botswana and Angola.

“We also welcome this move by Angolan government because it will reduce some restrictions that Batswana were exposed to while trying to exploit business opportunities,” he said.

Furthermore, he said government had also decided to continue paying school fees for students whose parents lost their jobs when BCL mine was closed down until December.

For his part BDP secretary general Mr Mpho Balopi said his party had interests of Batswana at heart and would continue to bring programmes aimed at improving their lives. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : Press Conference

Date : Mar 07 Wed,2018


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