The opening of the first abattoir in lower Chipinge has created a viable market for farmers who were finding it difficult to sell their cattle due to the foot and mouth disease.

Of the 590 000 cattle in Manicaland Province, 96 000 are found in Chipinge district and 65 000 in lower Chipinge where farmers have been facing difficulties in selling them.

The Manicaland Minister of State, Cde Mandi Chimene officially opened Molusi abattoir at Checheche Growth Point, bringing relief to farmers who previously had to sell their cattle to abattoirs in Chiredzi, Masvingo and Bulawayo, areas that are also considered as harbouring the foot and mouth disease.

Cde Chimene hailed the initiative by Molusi Meats, saying it will provide a ready market for cattle in the foot and mouth red zone.

Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial Chairperson, who is also the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Samuel Undenge said the development is part of black empowerment initiatives and reflects the fruits of the country’s empowerment drive.

Veterinary Public Health Officer, Philpa Nyamapfene said the abattoir will ensure that people will not eat contaminated meat, while Molusi Meats Managing Director, Mr Moses Magura said the investment is part of a strategy to commercialise livestock rearing and make it a viable business.

Among the major beneficiaries of the opening of the abattoir is renowned communal cattle farmer, Sekuru Elson Muvhu who has over 1 500 cattle.