DONKEY ABATTOIR FOR ZIM | A donkey meat abattoir is being built in Bulawayo to slaughter and sell donkeys. Battlefront Investments is investing $150 000 into the abattoir which will will have capacity to dress more than 70 animals daily.
Battlefront Investments MD Mr Gareth Lumsden said the company had already started buying donkeys for slaughter in the next three weeks. Battlefront Investments owns Acacia Abattoir and three butcheries in Bulawayo and one in Victoria Falls.
He said Battlefront was buying donkeys from Gokwe, Plumtree, Gwanda and areas near Gweru, and they were primarily targeting the Asian market segment for sales.
Agriculture Deputy Minister (Livestock), Paddy Zhanda, said he was aware of the Bulawayo development.“I’m not sure how the business will go because it takes longer for a donkey to grow as compared to other forms of livestock,” he said.
He continued, “. . .we don’t have a big population of donkeys. Countries with a huge population of donkeys are Botswana and Namibia. In actual fact, in Namibia donkeys are left to roam in the wild.
We will get to know (more) of the abattoir when it’s complete as we are the ones that will inspect it.”