MAWF not informed about discontinuation of Meatco sheep business

19 Jun 2013 13:01
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) ? The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa says Meatco did not consult his ministry prior to, during, or after it took the decision to discontinue its sheep slaughtering and marketing activities.
Mutorwa in a media statement issued on Wednesday indicated that the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) was not informed about any action taken by the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) on the decision it took on 31 May 2013 to discontinue the sheep operations.
?The MAWF was not requested by Meatco for any advice and/or input prior, during and after the decision was taken and publicly announced. The MAWF is therefore not informed about the technical details and policy consequences of Meatco?s decision,? he noted.
Meatco announced a week ago that the corporation and Namibia Allied Meat Company (Namco) decided to discontinue Meatco?s sheep business because the sheep arm of the business suffered enormous accumulated losses for the past five years and these losses have become unsustainable for the group.
Other reasons include an overcapacity of sheep operators in the country; a year-on-year decline in available raw material; as well as throughput to the abattoir that subsequently declined significantly.
Brukkaros Meat Processors at Keetmanshoop, Farmers Meat Market at Mariental and Natural Namibian Meat at Aranos will from now on have to meet and satisfy the requirements of local sheep producers.