BMC decries supply of underweight cattle

Over 80% of BMC supply comes from communal farmers
Over 80% of BMC supply comes from communal farmers

Farmers’ failure to supply the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) with European Union (EU) compliant cattle poses a threat to the commission’s turnaround strategy.

Having been at or near bottom in the past three years, the BMC decided to come up with a three-year turnaround strategy, which comes to an end next year. With the strategy, the commission had hoped to supply EU with more beef.

The executive manager for livestock procurement, Kenneth Makubate said most cattle in Botswana were not compliant with EU standards because of communal farming. Cattle should meet certain standards in order to satisfy the EU market requirements.

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