THE inactive Oshakati and Katima Mulilo state-owned abattoirs may legally resume activities not later than August as Government has already identified potential lessees of the facilities according to the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa.
This follows a Government invitation earlier this year to interested parties for possible leasing, managing and operation of the abattoirs.
“A number of interested parties expressed their interests and progress is thus being made. Very soon the successful parties will be publicly announced so that marketing of livestock activities at and through the two abattoirs should and may legally resume.
“I have already accordingly advised and directed the official (within MWAF) tasked with the responsibility to handle the issue to finalise it urgently and announce the details of new operators or lessees as soon as it is practically and administratively possible but ideally not beyond August 2016,” he said.
The Minister has also highlighted that Government was glad to grant permission of Omutambo-Mawe, one of the biggest quarantine camps situated in the Kunene for Meatco’s usage. Meatco will use this quarantine camp to keep cattle when buying animals from farmers to alleviate the challenges of farmers and enable them to market their animals, in preparation for the new business model.
At Meatco’s 30th AGM last week, Meatco Board Chairperson Dr. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun highlighted that the corporation continues to make great strides under difficult circumstances. Namundjebo- Tilahun also highlighted that international markets have been challenged, saying that although the producers continue to farm under very difficult circumstances, Meatco continues to strive to pay producers better prices.
The declining trend in slaughter cattle to Meatco continued in the year under review, with only 116 948 compared to 120 000 in the previous year. Of Meatco’s revenue, 62.35 percent was paid to producers according to Meatco’s Annual Report 2015/2016 officially launched at the AGM.
Addressing Meatco members, CEO, Adv. Vekuii Rukoro thanked the producers and reaffirmed the company’s position to serve the producers. Rukoro highlighted that the new Mobile Slaughter Unit will arrive in Namibia within three weeks to enable communal farmers to start marketing their livestock. Producers were also informed that with the drought prevailing – the Backwards Integration strategy of expanding Meatco’s feedlot initiatives was progressing well.
He reported back to the producers that the Ministry of Environment and Tourism issued an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Certificate to Meatco and Meatco was cleared to operate the newly identified Annesruh feedlot 15km west of Gobabis
The current Meatco Board term comes to an end on October 3 2016.
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