By Hilary Mare
MEATCO has been awarded a total allocation of 1 400 tonnes of the 1 600 tonnes from the Norwegian beef quota which translates to 88 percent, Confidente has learnt.
In this allocation, the Minister of Industrialisation, Trade, and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Immanuel Ngatjizeko allocated the remainder of the Norwegian quota to exporters Brukkaros Meat Processors (Pty) Ltd which received 200 tonnes.
“Both organisations indicated that they are able to utilise the quotas. The Meat Board will manage the quota and exporters must indicate by 30 June 2017 how the quota has been utilised or how it will be utilised. The Norwegian market is a highly lucrative market that increases the profitability of the Namibian meat industry,” the meat board said.
The current allocation is subsequent to Meatco having been able to fulfil a hefty Norway export quota of 1 600 tonnes for the 2016 calendar year and a clear acknowledgement by the corporation that the Norwegian market is a significant business relationship that Meatco will continue to nurture.
Essentially and despite Meatco’s Okapuka Feedlot being closed for eight weeks, the company managed to fill the quota, which was good news for the company, producers and the Namibian industry as a whole.
The feedlot closure had a negative impact since the benefits derived from the quota last year were absorbed by the losses incurred and led to negative output on the part of Meatco. However, by fulfilling the quota Meatco continues serving niche markets and placing the Natures Reserve product range onto shelves that will bring maximum yields for its valued producers.
“By fulfilling the quota we have proven to the Norwegian authorities that we have the capacity and capability to fully utilise the allocated and additional quota in future,” says Meatco executive: marketing and sales, Cyprianus Khaiseb.
Last year, Meatco was initially awarded a total allocation of 1 200 tonnes of the 1 600 tonnes of the Norwegian beef quota which translated to 75 percent and the remainder of the Norwegian quota was allocated to exporters Witvlei Abattoir: 225 tonnes and Brukarros Abattoir: 175 tonnes for the year 2016.
However with the awardees of the remainder having failed to utilise the quota, Meatco was awarded the remaining 400 tonnes of the Norway quota by the Meat Board of Namibia on August 18 2016.
Through Government, the Meat Board of Namibia had requested Meatco to fill the Norway quota by December 31 2016 so that Namibia can negotiate for a quota increase in future.
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