MAWLR to construct N$35m meat processing plant in Katima Mulilo

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Staff reporter

The Executive Director (ED) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata, has announced that the ministry will soon construct a N$35 million meat processing plant at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi region.

The construction of the meat processing plant is among the main activities funded by the European Union (EU) through the eleventh European Development Fund (EDF 11). ED was speaking in Katima Mulilo on Tuesday, while inspecting the nearly 5 hectare (Ha) site located at the Katima Mulilo Abattoir.

The ED further stated that, “in addition to the construction of the Katima Mulilo Meat Processing Plant, the funding also includes the construction of the Katima Mulilo Quarantine Facility and the upgrading of the Plant Development Center. Sachinga farm (which will be equipped with a satellite artificial insemination facility) in the Zambezi region”.

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“The Katima Mulilo slaughterhouse is an export slaughterhouse, this means that we export raw beef to other countries with less or no added value. With this new meat processing plant, we will be able to add value to meat and simultaneously create jobs (during the construction period and the operationalization of the plant) in the Zambezi region,” Nghituwamata said.

The Livestock Support Program (LSP) is implemented in the eight Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) of Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Kavango West, Kavango East and the Zambezi region. The overall objective of the program is to promote entrepreneurship and improve the livelihoods of pastoralist communities in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) in a sustainable manner, with the aim of improving the performance of livestock value chain in the NCA.

EDF11 is financed by a program estimate (EP) by the EU for an amount of 284 million Namibian dollars.

The livestock support program is implemented under indirect management with the government, represented by the National Authorizing Officer (NAO) which is the National Planning Commission of Namibia. The contracting authority for PE activities is the NAO, while the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform is the project implementer. The financing agreement for the LSP in the ANCs was signed on June 8, 2017, while the EP was signed on August 15, 2019 for the implementation of program activities until April 14, 2025.

This EP is in line with the National Plan for Beef Value Chain Development in the ANCs as outlined in the Harambee Integrated and Coordinated Agricultural Development Program (HACCIADEP).

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