Rundu abattoir to be upgraded

RUNDU: High transportation costs and the long distances livestock owners in the two Kavango regions travelled for slaughtering will soon be something of the past, as the Rundu abattoir is about to be upgraded.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrading of the facility was held here today.

The Rundu abattoir was closed in 2001 due to the low volumes of cattle brought here for slaughter.

Since its closure, farmers in the Kavango East and West regions have had to fork out huge amounts of money to transport their cattle to the Oshakati abattoir in the Oshana Region for slaughter.

The upgrade will include the construction of a cold storage and meat-processing facility, and is set to cost N.dollars 110 million.

The meat-processing and coldroom facility will centrally process and refrigerate products for up to a period of 21 days, if such products are required for export.

This is in order to meet veterinary regulations on meat from the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs).