By Hilary Mare
CONSTRUCTION of the Okangoho crush pen, an initiative of the Meatco Foundation and partner UNIL (Norwegian Group), is nearing completion and will soon be in operation.
The Okangoho Multipurpose Co-operative with over 250 members is looking forward to conducting business in the first modern crush pen of its kind in the Okakarara area.
Chairperson of the co-operative, Job Katjitae, said the crush pen will not only serve as a livestock marketing hub for the area, but will also be crucial in the treatment of injuries and vaccination of livestock.
Treasurer of the co-operative, Abiud Katuutja, could not hide his excitement because of the pace at which the crush pen is taking shape. He said he is pleased that construction work is moving forward as planned.
“The crush pen will improve socio-economic conditions of the community, because on auction days not only livestock owners come here, but other individuals who set up their businesses to sell other products, so it is a welcome development,” Katuutja said.
Okangoho is a rural settlement located 46km northeast of Okakarara at an intersection leading to places such as Otjituuo, Coblenz and Okamatapati
Construction of the Okangoho crush pen started on Monday, 19 February 2018 and L.W Burger Contractors began clearing the site on Tuesday, 13 February.
The Meatco Foundation together with its partner UNIL will officially handover the crush pen to the settlement’s farmers’ co-operative and the entire community in April 2018.
Manager: Livestock Procurement – Communal, Patrick Liebenberg said Meatco is pleased that everything is moving forward as planned with the construction work of the crush pen.
“The handover date is fast approaching which means we will soon be doing business with Okangoho farmers and those living in the surrounding areas,” Liebenberg said.
Meatco will host the first scheduled Permit Day for 2018 at the site on 4 April. Farmers will be expected to bring their cattle to the facility for marketing and they will receive immediate cash for cattle sold on the day.
Founded by Meatco, the Meatco Foundation is a trust aimed at leveraging all the developmental work that Meatco Namibia is doing amongst cattle farmers and communities it operates in.
The Foundation’s objective is thus to promote socio economic development and empowerment in the livestock sector.
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