Minister of Agriculture, Christian De Graaff says the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) report he received from the appointed Task Force last week would assist efforts to bring the commission on the path of profitability.
The task force led by Legwaila Legwaila was appointed to investigate factors that contributed to the declining performance of BMC and the beef industry.
De Graaff said the task was not an easy one considering the challenges the team faced to complete the report.
He said bearing in mind that majority of Batswana’s wealth depended on cattle, it was important for the team to be appointed in order to turn around the organization.
The minister noted that the task force was to propose ways of making sure that BMC became profitable to Batswana and the livestock industry did not collapse.
He said he would take the report recommendations very seriously and pass it on to Cabinet.
When handing over the report, Legwaila expressed gratitude to the minister not only for entrusting and showing confidence in his team but for his assistance as well.
Legwaila said the task entrusted on the team was not easy and deserved more time than allocated hence the one month extension that they requested adding that BMC proved a difficult organisation to work on.
“Taking together all the operations, the problems, subsidiaries and various activities taking place at the BMC brings a lot of complexities to the institution,” he said.
Legwaila thanked his team, which comprised of Thulisizwe Johnson and Gobona Mapitse for being a great team adding that he felt proud to have worked with them to render services to Batswana.
“I hope that the insights, recommendations and conclusions stated in this report will be useful enough to assist in the endeavour to restore viability and profitability to the commission,” he said.
Government appointed the task force on October 15, last year and it was expected to have submitted its report on December 15 last year but requested for an extension of time.