…12 000 cattle annual capacity liberates northern producers
By Hilary Mare
THE Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, as owner of two newly built abattoirs north of veterinary cordon fence at Eenhana and Outapi has entered into a 10 year lease agreement with the National Namibia Liberation Veterans Association (NNLVA) effectively ending years of market challenges for northern cattle producers.
Confidente understands that these abattoirs will be operated by Northern Namibia Abattoir a joint venture between the NNLVA and Africa Meat Supplies.
With the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in mid-2015 the entire NCA (Northern Communal Areas) to date was without a formal market. This in fact meant that producers had to rely on the informal market with its huge price disparity and fluctuation.
Speaking to Confidente last week, Desmond Cloete, Chief Marketing Officer at the Meat Board of Namibia highlighted that now producers will have a market close to their operations where they can deliver their cattle which would surely assist in getting returns on their investments.
He went on to say that both these abattoirs have a slaughter capacity of 100 cattle per day each and have the potential to slaughter 6000 cattle each per year at full throughput.
“Therefore 12000 cattle per year is a significant contribution in ensuring improved off take rates. Since we operate in a free market economy it is of utmost important that producer organization such as regional livestock marketing cooperatives ensure that they are part and parcel the negotiating process for good prices for their members,” he said.
In view of further market birth, renovations on the Rundu abattoir are almost completed which will ensure that producers in the Kavango East and Kavango West gain access to the formal market.
Currently Meatco operates their Mobiles Slaughtering Unit (MSU) since August 2016 in the Kavango East region where it slaughters cattle at the Matumbo Ribebe Quarantine Camp.
With much emphasis having been placed on the commissioning of the two export abattoirs in Oshakati and Katima Mulilo, MAWF appointed KIAT and ZAMCO to operate the Oshakaati and Katima Mulilo abattoirs respectively.
Recently, the MAWF procurement unit awarded the renovation contract to two contractors to renovate these abattoirs with commencements expected to start early August 2018. These abattoirs should be operational by early 2019 and will ensure that NCA beef could access lucrative regional markets.
“The Meat Board is of the opinion that institutional markets such as the Offices, Ministries and Agencies (OMAs) should source their beef from the NCA. This is on line with the Harambee Comprehensively Coordinated and Integrated Agricultural Development Programme (HACCIADEP) proposed by the MAWF.
“This will ensure that there is a constant demand for beef which in turn will have a positive effect on consistent throughput at abattoirs. Currently suppliers of government tenders to school hostels, hospitals, prisons and military barracks source their beef from south of the Veterinarian Cordon Fence (SVCF). The beef produced SVCF could be earmarked for the international markets while NCA produced beef be channelled into the institutional markets. The Meat Board also engaged chain shops such as Shoprite amongst others whom expressed their willingness to put NCA produced beef on their shelves,” said Cloete.
Confidente also understands that the Meat Board Chairman and General Manager were invited by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb to a ministerial and industry role-players meeting on 11 July 2018 to discuss the decline in beef and sheep numbers offered to export abattoirs.
Various opinions and reasons for the state of affairs have been raised, after which !Naruseb indicated that the Permanent Secretary of the MWAF must conduct an impact study to determine and obtain information, facts and reasons for the current state of affairs and to base any further decision or intervention on actual data and information. All the different role players in the livestock and meat industry will form part of the process.
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