By Azania Post Reporter
MANY countries in Africa have failed to utilize the huge and potential markets of ostrich meat in European countries.
South Africa and Botswana are the two nations which are exporting such meets in a large extent to European markets.
The reports revels that South Africa is a leading nation for five years now, followed by Botswana.
Botswana got a green light to export ostrich meat to lucrative European markets.
Despite the classification of Botswana’s dry terrain as “excellent” for ostrich breeding, the country’s efforts to rare and ultimately export its meat are not bearing any fruits.
The slaughtering of ostrich meat apparently stopped more than a year ago when the former main supplier of the birds Talana Farms also stopped its supplies.
Media agency in Botswana has established that at the moment there are no ostriches to slaughter at Gaborone Multi Purpose Abattoir.
Kaelo Mosinyi, a former ostrich farmer says that he is not surprised that the abattoir has not slaughtered any birds in over a year because he says the ostrich industry is very expensive to run.
“My friends and I made the mistake of venturing into this business in the past...I can tell you now that ostrich business is very expensive and that is why there are currently no birds to slaughter at the abattoir “, he said
Mosinyi also said that some farmers, including himself still owe banks money that was invested into the “expensive business”.
“We still owe banks even as we speak we have failed to make any returns from the business and only made debt”, he said.
Some years ago after realizing the difficulties Batswana who wanted to venture into the business encounter, the government set the Ostrich Multiplication Center in Dibete to amongst other things teach Batswana the skills of ostrich farming and to sell stock to them that they can set up their ostriches farms with.
This effort has apparently borne no fruits as there are still no farmers who are able to supply ostriches.