Region seeks to revive abattoir

According to the Agricultural Bank of Namibia (AgriBank) and Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), the abattoir owes the two financial institutions more than N$80 million.

The Region Council established a committee to do consultations with the Bank and GIPF to try to convince the two financial institutions to donate the plant to the Omaheke Regional Council and then the council to obtain loans from the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN).

Omaheke Regional Governor, Laura McLeod, has told President Hifikepunye Pohamba during his one-day official visit to Omaheke that her region was faced with a serious predicament when the abattoir at Witvlei closed its doors during November 2004.

This unfortunate closure, said McLeod led to the liquidation and therefore to the detriment of the Omaheke residents. She said that abattoir was only development project to the region.

‘We are still looking at the remains of what was supposed to have been another abattoir that was built in the 1980’s.

It is the intention of the Regional Council to ensure that no similar wastage of resources is repeated again,’ she stressed.

She indicated to Pohamba that the council has set itself an objective to ensure that this region becomes the beef basket of Namibia by producing and processing by-products for the purpose of attaining specialty.

McLeod said: ‘if the abattoir does not get off the ground our aim will then be meaningless. For this dream to become reality we humbly request His Excellency to ensure that beef production and processing of by-products remains the ‘diamonds’ of Omaheke Region.’

Governor noted that if the abattoir gets off the ground it would benefit the Omaheke residents and the Namibian nation at large.

The President requested the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to support the revival of this vital project for the region with necessary financial and other technical assistance that may be required. ‘ Nampa.

June 2006
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