Meatco's mobile slaughter unit a success

14 Sep 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 SEP (NAMPA) – The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco)’s mobile slaughter unit at Mutambo Ribebe quarantine camp in the Kavango West Region has proven to be a major success.
The quarantine camp is located some 50 kilometres west of Rundu and started its operations there on 18 August 2016.
Following its success, the unit could soon be moved to the Kunene Region.
Meatco’s Manager for Corporate Affairs, Rosa Hamukuaja-Thobias told Nampa on Wednesday that business has been going well at the mobile slaughter unit.
She said that so far, a total of 95 cattle were slaughtered for the local market since the mobile slaughter unit was introduced last month.
A total of 33 cattle were slaughtered during the period 18 to 20 August 2016, while 62 cattle were slaughtered during the period from 06 to 10 September 2016.
With six workers employed at the unit, Meatco aims to slaughter at least 25 cattle per day, according to Thobias.
“Meatco plans to move the unit to the Kunene Region, depending on the number of cattle available for slaughter. We anticipate that slaughter will still be done at Mutambo Ribebe for the next two months,” she said.
Meatco announced earlier this year that it will no longer operate from abattoirs at Oshakati in the Oshana Region and Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region, after experiencing operational losses of close to N.dollars 43 million during the 2014/2015 financial year.
The company did also not renew its agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) to operate from these abattoirs.
Instead, the company introduced a mobile slaughter unit that will bring slaughtering services closer to farmers in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs).
Thobias noted that the company is also planning to move the unit to Bravo Gate in the Tsumeb area by the end of October, where it will be stationed until December 2016.