Meatco produces canned meat as drought relief food

13 Aug 2013 10:20
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – Meatco has slaughtered 113 cattle from Government farms to produce cans of meat labelled ‘Government relief – not for sale’ for distribution to thousands of Namibians affected by the ongoing drought.
The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) said in a media statement issued here on Tuesday that the slaughtering and processing services will be provided to Government at cost-price.
“Meatco is proud to partner with Government to help drought-stricken Namibians,” read the statement.
Government provided the cattle last week, following a request made by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to provide food for destitute Namibians affected by the drought situation in the country.
Of the total number of cattle slaughtered, 30 were slaughtered at Meatco’s Oshakati factory, and 83 at the Windhoek factory.
During this week, carcasses will be deboned at Meatco’s Windhoek and Oshakati factories, while products from Oshakati will also be transported to the capital for further processing.
Meatco said the remaining offal and bones, which will not be used in the canning process, will be packed in eight to 10 kilogramme boxes, and supplied to Government for further distribution.
The canning operations will continue until the end of next week.