BMC monopoly nears end as Cabinet approves meat regulator

Under pressure: The BMC’s finances have been strained for years and the situation appears likely to worsen
Under pressure: The BMC’s finances have been strained for years and the situation appears likely to worsen

The days of the Botswana Meat Commission being solely responsible for beef exports are numbered after Cabinet this week formally approved the establishment of the Meat Industry Regulatory Authority (MIRA), the central tool for the industry’s liberalisation.

The greenlight from Monday’s Cabinet meeting suggests that legislation for MIRA could come before Parliament’s November sitting, a schedule that is in line with announcements made in June by the Ministry of Agriculture.

BusinessWeek is informed that MIRA’s approval came during a marathon sitting of Cabinet on Monday where several other key memos were passed by ministers.

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