MEAT INDUSTRY TRAINING INSTITUTE
The Meat Industry Training Institute (MITI) was established in 1984 through an agreement between Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome (working in conjuction with the government of Denmark) and the government of Botswana. At that point it was called the Regional Training Centre for Meat Inspectors and Meat Technologists in Africa.
In 1991, the FAO handed over running of the training institute to the govermentof Botswana and managed by the Department of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture. The institution was re-named Meat Inspection Training Centre (MITC). In order to enhance the academic profile of the institute so as to meet the demands of its main stakeholders, the Institute was taken-over by the Botswana College of Agriculture now Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the 01 st of April 2012. Since its establishment, over 1,900 participants from 45 African countries have undergone training at the Institute. MITI also recieved students from the European Union on internship programme in the area of Veterinary Public Health.
MITI is a specialised institute mandated to provide both long term (Diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate programmes) as well as short courses.
MITI is also mandated to conduct applied research in the area of foods of animal origin especially meat, meat products and meat related areas such as leather products.
Thematic areas of research include food safety and quality, veterinary public health, animal health, animal welfare, hides and skins as well as environmental protection.
CERTIFICATE IN MEAT INSPECTION
Programme type: Certificate
Entry requirements: Minimum Certificate in Animal Health or equivalent.
This is an intensive hands-on six-month Certificate in Meat Inspection programme running from January to June and July to December. This is a value addition programme for all those interested in meat inspection, food safety management systems (HACCP and its pre-requisite programmes), animal welfare as well meat safety requirements and legislation. The programme is offered to certificate holders in animal health or equivalent, Diploma holders in animal health or equivalent, undergraduate degree holders in animal health or related programmes, veterinary degree holders.
On completion of this programmes grandaunts will be registered as veterinary paraprofessionals as such will be able to work as meat inspectors, quality assurance personnel in meat processing facilities, meat processing entrepreneurs, animal welfare officers, instructors.
On-going research activities
- Ongoing research entitled “The Evaluation of the bacteriological status of beef carcasses in the non-export approved slaughter facilities in the Southern-Eastern districts of Botswana”.
- Ongoing research entitled “Geospatial Distribution of Cysticercus bovis prevalence in Southern-Eastern Districts of Botswana”.
- Food safety management system development and inplemantation (HACCP and Pre-requisite programms development) in food premises.
- Technical advice of Food premises design.
- Inspection and Audits of food premises.
- Customised onsite-training of food safety management systems and animal welfare.
Meat industry Training Institute
Private Bag 45
Telephone number: +267 5330671
FAX: +267 5332259