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July 30, 2014

 

Botswana expects rising beef exports to EU in 2014

 

 

With the cessation of an export ban in 2013, Botswana expects increased beef exports to the EU in 2014.

 

Akolang Tombale, the chief executive officer of the state-owned monopoly, Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), urged farmers to ensure that their cattle are fit and healthy to meet EU standards.

 

EU banned beef from Botswana in 2011 due to a lack of quality, thus adversely affecting the country's beef exports. Figures from the central bank indicated that beef exports stood at US$68.3 million respectively in 2011 and 2012, sharply down from US$127.6 million in 2010.

 

Botswana had to implement stringent measures to ensure that only EU compliant animals were slaughtered for export. Botswana also spent about US$10 million to satisfy EU demands and put in place a cattle traceability system. Further funds were spent on fighting foot and mouth disease.

 

After the ban was lifted, Botswana's beef exports rose significantly in 2013 to US$117.5 million.

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