Komana — Plans are underway to aid Moalosakgetsi piggery project, which is in need of a fully-fledged abattoir.
Moalosakgetsi belongs to three women of Komana in North West District who ventured into a piggery project in an effort to improve their living standards.
One of its members Ms Kenawaemang Moxaisa said in an interview that UNDP had promised to construct a mini abattoir to alleviate their challenges.
She said the project was progressing well. The animals had multiplied and ready for slaughter, but lack of a developed structure at their plot was a drawback.
She expressed hope that after construction of the abattoir, the project would be more profitable.
She said the intention was to expand it to diversify income generation, adding that they sold their pigs between P2 500 and P3 500.
"We want to increase housing for the animals as they are congested. We also want to use part of the plot as a recreation park where members of the community can have fun," she said.
Ms Moxaisa said this was not the first time UNDP offered assistance as they also helped with training at the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) during the first phase of the project.
"UNDP also assisted in purchasing of the first breeding stock which comprised of four female and one male but to date, the project had over fifty animals," she said.
She noted that in 2018, they were assisted by the Department of Gender Affairs to the tune of P250 000 to start the project.
The company's secretary, Ms Salome Kunyema explained that to benefit from UNDP's funding, they now had to register their company as a cooperative thereby increasing the number of beneficiaries to 10.
"We had no choice but to do as advised. We are working around the clock to finalise all logistics to become a cooperative," she added.
Ms Kunyema concurred that the construction of the slaughter slab would boost their income as there was a high demand for pork in big supermarkets across the country.
A consultant from UNDP, Mr Obonetse Lebakanyane admitted that efforts were underway to assist Moalosakgetsi with a slaughter slab noting that the whole project would cost over P500 000.
He said they had already purchased 75 per cent of the equipment but stated that there was a delay to complete procurement due to the current situation of COVID-19 outbreak.
Initially, he said the project was supposed to be fully operational by next month (April) but said they could not bring incomplete equipment to the site.
Mr Lebakanyane also mentioned that there was a delay to assist the group as initially, they had registered as a company which they believed could independently generate more funds.
Through extensive consultation with all relevant stakeholders, he said the group was advised to register into something which UNDP could recognise hence they agreed to register a cooperative.
He said a cooperative was ideal as it could benefit the entire community adding that it also encouraged equity in sharing benefits.
Source : BOPA