Is there anything better than the smell of a mouth-watering T-bone steak when on the grill? Its rich aromas filling the air are enough to bring anyone together for a few laughs and cold ones around the fire.
When it comes to red meat, it's certainly an all-time local favourite. It's used in stews, curries and as a teething tool for babies.
South African's consume an estimated amount of 640 000 and 160 000 tons of beef and sheep per annum. That equals a whopping 13.7kg of beef and 3.4 of lamb or mutton per person each year.
Due to their love of meat, South African's have made it their mission to get their hands on their favourite product by importing an average of 32 000 tons of beef, as well as 50 000 tons of sheep.
Eastern Cape Government
This may fill the gap in the wants department, however, it can cost the economy a pretty penny, which is why the Eastern Cape Government are planning to ensure that black farmers from rural areas in the production of red meat, are to become part of the countries mainstream economy.
According to rural development MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, this will not only be beneficial towards society in terms of good food, the product supplied will also improve the financial state of the economy, as well as provide jobs.
Businesses such as hotels, public institutions, caterers, shops, restaurants and butcheries located in the Eastern Cape, obtain red meat from abattoirs and livestock farmers in the Free State, KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape.
The implementation of lessening the purchasing of red meat from other provinces will guarantee butchery managers meat products, supplied by black farmers from rural areas.
The Eastern Cape Government came to the decision to commercialise the province’s livestock programme due to the fact that these rural farmers altogether own nearly 3 million head of cattle, which is said to be the largest in the country.
A meeting has taken place between Qoboshiyane, the African Farmers’ Association and National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation in Mthatha to liaise a way forward and discuss issues such as lack of pastures, infrastructure and veld fire that could prevent the program from commencing.
There have also been negotiations between with various other countries in hopes of selling red meat to them.