Maun — Nhabe Agricultural Management Association (NAMA) chairperson, Mr John Benn, is optimistic that the long-awaited community multi-species abattoir project will commence this year.
He said in an interview that the environmental impact assessment (EIA) exercise delayed the project, but he expressed gratitude towards the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for coming through to assist in conducting the exercise.
UNDP officials, he said, met with some members of the association towards the end of last year to appreciate the plot and their assistance would pave way for construction of the project.
The association secured a piece of land near Sehithwa to construct the envisaged abattoir and that would be used for slaughtering small stock (goat, sheep), cattle and donkeys. The project is also expected to reduce monopoly in the district.
Mr Benn stated that it was pleasing that the general membership of NAMA continued to support the project citing that currently, they had pledged close to 100 cattle towards the project.
“This is an indication that our members are eyeing the project as many will graduate from poverty by selling their livestock and we are hopeful that before end of April this year, the EIA report would be finalised and pave way for commencement of construction,” he added.
Although, the association, had not secured funding for the project, Mr Benn noted that once the EIA was completed, they would double their efforts to source financial support for the commencement of the project, estimated to cost P80 million.
Meanwhile, UNDP had fully supported the feasibility study of the project and also organized some bench-marking trips outside the country for some members of the association to learn, exchange ideas and copy best practices on how to run a successful community abattoir.
Source : BOPA