Botswana to begin exporting beef again

The commodity based trade (CBT) of beef in Botswana’s Ngamiland is set to begin, with European and Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries targeted as key export markets.

Botswana’s Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Fidelis Molao, said the official launch of the CBT of beef was “years in the making” as the country had lost several key export markets due an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in 2012.

Since then, the government has been hard at work to create a geographic FMD-free zone and work on its SADC-adopted CBT strategy.

"Under the right conditions a greater proportion of our nation's beef can find its way into lucrative markets," said Molao.

He noted that the CBT of beef would help acquire alternative markets from the European markets of livestock products, adding that the country’s Department of Veterinary Services, with its stakeholders, was leading the implementation of CBT of beef in Ngamiland.

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