Okahandja abattoir closed until further notice

08 Aug 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) - Meatco’s abattoir in Okahandja has been temporarily closed due to the low influx of cattle and the current water crisis in Namibia.
“The abattoir will remain closed until the situation changes or improves. The closure is one of the measures Meatco has taken to maximise returns for our producers,” the company announced in its newsletter issued last week.
Producers will be notified once operations at the plant resume.
The Windhoek and Okahandja abattoirs produce the bulk of the nearly 28 000 tonnes of beef that the company produces. Both abattoirs have European Union (EU) export status and are subject to regular inspections. Both export abattoirs are also certified by the British Retail Consortium which certifies food safety and quality systems and scrutinises ethical and fair practices, animal welfare and corporate social responsibility.
Okahandja operated at full capacity between August 2015 and January 2016.
Meatco said on its Facebook page last month the company is constantly adapting to meet the City of Windhoek’s proposed water saving targets.
“The company is taking the necessary steps to reduce water use on a continuous basis, while still complying with EU hygiene regulations without compromising on production capacity and quality. With production figures climbing and less water input, the abattoir’s efficiency can only improve in order to maximise productivity and gains,” it stressed.
Meatco said in June this year that whether it slaughters one animal or 100 heads of cattle, the water consumption remains the same.