Meat Regulator Bill spells end of BMC monopoly

Changes looming: The BMC’s headquarters in Lobatse PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Changes looming: The BMC’s headquarters in Lobatse PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The much-anticipated Meat Regulator Bill landed on the laps of legislators last week, seeking to correct market inefficiencies around the beef industry, a topical issue for farmers in the country.

Reading the motion for the second time in Parliament, Minister of Agriculture, Fidelis Molao, said government has been worried about the dwindling contribution of livestock sales to the mainstream economy, adding that this has been a point of pain for the local economy.

“I wish to start by indicating that the livestock industry, specifically the beef subsector, has over the years experienced a drastic shift, from being one of the major contributors to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at independence to the current (contribution of) less than two percent,” he said.

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