By Confidente Reporter
MEATCO has put various systems in place to ensure that no stolen animals are procured by its Mobile Slaughter Unit (MSU) used in the Northern Communal Area (NCA).
The MSU is tailored to the unique circumstances of communal producers by aiming to bring slaughtering services closer to farmers in the area.
In the procurement stage, Meatco’s procurement officers (technical advisers) will go to the villages or farms to inspect the cattle prior to loading. The officer will then select the cattle with the appropriate quality and that have NAMLITS ear tags for purchase.
Before leaving any settlement, the producer with the assistance of the officer will need to obtain a Movement Permit from the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) for cattle to be transported. The farmer is also required to complete a separate departure form that should be attached to the movement permit containing the details of each and every animal loaded on the truck.
Upon delivery to the MSU on site, the DVS movement permit and departure form will be collected from the truck driver and inspected thoroughly.
According to Meatco the company is in constant contact with stakeholders within the respective regions, including the Stock Theft Unit of the Namibian Police, farmers’ associations and marketing cooperatives. Therefore, it will be nearly impossible for stolen cattle to go through the entire process undetected.
In addition, Meatco will keep records of all slaughtered cattle for future reference and for the identification of cattle sold to the unit.
As a rule, Meatco procures cattle from well-known producers in the regions, therefore avoiding the procuring of stolen animals.
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