Meatco CEO Calls On Farmers to Slaughter

MEATCO, early in the year, met with Livestock Producers Organisations (LPOs) to map out emergency strategies on the looming drought.

Meatco agreed to increase emergency slaughter dates and called on farmers to bring in more cattle for slaughter. However, the past two months saw certain areas of Namibia receiving good rains and as a result many farmers have opted to keep their cattle to market later in the year. Meatco had already planned for the emergency bookings after many farmers cancelled their slaughter bookings due to good rains.

Meatco CEO Vekuii Rukoro reiterated this message and gly urged farmers to bring in their cattle for slaughter. Rukoro, explained that Meatco is geared up to assist producers to meet their demands in the event of emergency slaughters due to the threatening drought by keeping both factories Windhoek and Okahandja open simultaneously till August. Rukoro, emphasised that while Meatco has re-strategised its operations for 2015 to ease the burden on the farmers due to drought, the farmers are doing the opposite by withholding their livestock for slaughter.

“Producers must bear in mind that short notice cancellations have severe impact on the efficiencies of Meatco factories. When they cancel at short notice, it has severe cost implications for business.

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Source : The Namibian