08 Aug 2013 11:10
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) - Meatco will next week host the first-ever Permit or Assembly Day south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF).
The event is slated for 13 August 2013 at the Ongongoro kraals in the Okakarara area of the Otjozondjupa Region.
The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) Manager: Corporate Communication and Marketing Mario Poolman said in a media statement issued on Thursday the company has decided to go out to farmers, specifically communal and emerging farmers, for the purpose of buying cattle from them at one central point.
Meatco envisages that this event will bring the corporation closer to producers in the communal areas, he said.
Meatco Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vekuii Rukoro was quoted in the statement as saying that there are a lot of cattle in the communal areas, and that Meatco is making an extra effort to be active in these areas.
Communal producers marketing to Meatco in the past have also been hampered by distances, lack of transport, resources and infrastructure, as well as a lack of understanding of the processes of selling to Meatco.
The permit day aims to bring the business closer to the communal and emerging producers, to reduce the barriers to entry and make it easy for them to sell their cattle to Meatco.
Meatco thus invited all communal and emerging farmers in Ongongoro and surrounding areas to come out in large numbers and market their cattle.
Farmers are only required to bring their cattle, and all types of cattle are welcome.
Meatcos procurement officers will be on hand for any questions farmers may have about Meatco.
Meatco already hosts events of this nature in the Northern Communal Areas (NCA) for quite some time now.
This is our way of reaching out. We hope to buy cattle from communal farmers, as well as create a platform for Meatco to engage with farmers in these areas. Ultimately, we are looking at building and maintaining long and mutually beneficial business relations with these farmers. We are optimistic that this event will pave the way for similar events in future, Rukoro added.