By Business Reporter
MEATCO’S export abattoir is currently under a red-cross permit after receiving cattle from the surveillance zone, South of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (SVCF).
The permit is effective 19 April 2018 and will be lifted on Sunday, 20 May 2018, should the abattoir not receive any additional cattle from surveillance zones.
“We, therefore, would like to strongly sensitise producers to ensure that all documentation and the 90/40 days are adhered to during this time in order for producers to avoid frustrations and financial losses in the event of cattle sent back and the establishment placed under quarantine (closed down) for 30 days,” Livestock Procurement Coordinator: Abattoirs, Louise Vermeulen said.
In the same vein following the recent circular dated 23 April 2018 from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), Meatco has cautioned producers to confirm that the delivery permits that have been already issued do not apply to the settlements placed under movement restrictions in the Okakarara State Veterinary District.
The Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF), also referred to as the “Red Line”, was erected in 1896 as a pragmatic disease surveillance and exclusion fence separating northern and central Namibia to southern Namibia.
The VCF, remains a vital element to the Meatco business and the entire livestock industry.
The VCF’s main purpose is to control animal and meat movement from the north to the south of Namibia. It furthermore, ensures the marketing of animals from the South of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (SVCF) with a different disease status as those from the NCA.
The Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS), under the Ministry of Agriculture Water, and Forestry (MAWF) guarantees the above-mentioned controls and other routine and physical maintenance of the VCF, as it has excluded many northern communal farmers from the lucrative beef markets that farmers from the central and southern parts of Namibia currently enjoy.
“From a Meatco’s standpoint, the VCF is a fundamental aspect for the export business as it allows for complete adherence and compliance to protocols and regulations required by major international clients like the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK) and Norway.
“The MAWF together with industry players should formulate long-term approaches and strategies to ensure that the NCA and SVCF are declared green zones at international level. This will allow all Namibian farmers to prosper through the marketing of good quality meat countrywide while safeguarding the sustainability of Meatco and the entire meat industry,” Meatco said recently.
Meatco is a meat processing and marketing entity. Meatco serves niche markets locally and internationally with premium quality products that are traceable from the farm all the way to the fork. Meatco purchases cattle from farmers engaged in extensive livestock farming conditions that lend unique characteristics to the corporation’s end-product, which, after being processed through the value chain, realises a significant premium in carefully selected markets across the globe.
Meatco operates various slaughter facilities across Namibia and engages in related manufacturing and other production activities by means of production operations which include the Windhoek and Okahandja factories (the Oshakati and Katima Mulilo abatoirs ceased operation March 2015), tannery, feedlot, cannery and wholesale.
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