Meat ex­port boost for Mata­bele­land South farm­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Richard Muponde Gwanda Correspondent

LIVE­STOCK farm­ers in Mata­bele­land South have clinched a deal to ex­port beef, goat meat and mut­ton into the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

The break­through has been bro­kered by ZimTrade, the coun­try’s trade agency, in li­ai­son with the Mata­bele­land South Pro­vin­cial Cham­ber of Small to Medium En­trepreneurs (SMEs).

This will be the first in more than a decade since the coun­try last ex­ported beef.

Speak­ing dur­ing the prepara­tory meet­ing of Ma­tobo Busi­ness Expo, pro­vin­cial SMEs chair­per­son, Mr Danny Ny­athi, said all the pa­per work was be­ing pro­cessed to com­mence ex­ports.

“As an as­so­ci­a­tion we ap­proached ZimTrade to as­sist our mem­bers with mar­ket link­ages. This was af­ter the re­al­i­sa­tion that we have prod­ucts that we could not sell while they were still at­trac­tive and valu­able,” he told Busi­ness Chron­i­cle.

“We now have got the op­por­tu­nity to ex­port beef, goat meat and mut­ton to any coun­try on the con­ti­nent. So far An­gola has proved to be our num­ber one buyer with best buy­ing prices.

“Pre­vi­ous records show that they were buy­ing a kilo­gramme of beef at $18 while goat meat was fetch­ing $20 per kg in­clu­sive of all costs.”

Mr Ny­athi said de­mand for mut­ton and goat meat was also high in Malaysia and Dubai as these coun­tries do not eat beef.

Asked about the lo­gis­tics of get­ting the prod­uct to its fi­nal desti­na­tion, he said they would be us­ing Cold Stor­age Com­pany fa­cil­i­ties and their im­port and ex­port li­cence.

“We en­gaged an ex­pe­ri­enced com­pany in beef han­dling, the Cold Stor­age Com­pany. Farm­ers must be fully aware that it is not CSC which is ex­port­ing but com­mu­nal farm­ers them­selves. The re­frig­er­ated con­tainer car­ries 200 beasts per trip. Once we avail many an­i­mals, the more the trips will be­come and the more money we will get as farm­ers,” said Ny­athi.

“CSC has agreed to charge us $55 per beast for the ser­vices of slaugh­ter, stor­age, chill­ing and pack­ag­ing,” he said.

Cat­tle eat sup­ple­men­tary feed at a home­stead in Man­ama in this file photo

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