Meatco calls on farmers to be active producers to its abattoirs

GOBABIS: The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) has urged communal farmers who have been hit by the stringent export conditions set by South Africa on cattle weavers, to make use of some its services.

Meatco admitted that it does not have the capacity to accommodate more than 200 000 weaners exported to South Africa, but implored farmers to become active producers to its abattoirs as a means of temporary relief from the crisis.

Meatco Chief Executive Officer, Advocate Vekuii Rukoro, who was on an information tour of the Omaheke Region where he got in touch with communal farmers, told Nampa last week that Meatco is ready to accommodate farmers who may want to sell their weaners to its abattoirs.

“We do not want to replace the South African market, as there is no way we can accommodate more than 200 000 weavers that is usually absorbed by this market. But we are saying that we can also be an option to assist farmers who would want to be producers for Meatco,” he said.

Rukoro said becoming active producers of Meatco allows farmers to benefit from its market-related prices for their animals on a regular basis, compared to the current ad-hoc selling of cattle at auctions and other avenues.

“There are a lot of benefits for a farmer when he/she becomes an active producer of Meatco, as we try by all means to assist them in their farming. Besides the good prices we pay for cattle brought to our abattoirs for slaughtering, we can also assist in the feeding of cattle destined to our abattoirs through our feedlots,” he said.

The Meatco CEO said becoming a producer for Meatco is an ongoing process, and that it has nothing to do with the export crisis of weaners currently experienced by farmers.