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ms35 Meatco hosts Media Open Season Day 28 May 2015+*-Speakers at Meatco’s Open Season From Left to Right:  Estelle De Bruyn (on behalf of Ronelle Rademeyer), Vehaka Tjimune, Daniel Motinga, Mandi Smallhorne, Vekuii Rukoro and Goliath Tujendapi. The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) held its first annual Media Open Day with journalists and editors from various local media institutions at the Opera House in […]

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_DSC1972 Meatco CEO calls on Farmers to Slaughter 11 May 2015+*-Meatco, early in the year met with Livestock Producers Organisations (LPOs) to map out emergency strategies on the looming drought. Meatco agreed to increase emergency slaughter dates and called on farmers to bring in more cattle for slaughter. However, the past two months saw certain areas of Namibia receiving good rains and as a result […]

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10 years of service to Meatco Meatco recognises long service employees 29 April 2015+*-The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) honoured its long service employees who have dedicated their skills and commitment to Meatco for the past 5 to 35 years. At the event was 95 long-serving members of staff of whom 4 founding members, who have worked at Meatco since its inception when it was known as Swa-meat […]

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Okahandja farmers’ association wins Meatco National Braai 2015 Okahandja farmers’ association wins Meatco National Braai 2015 1 April 2015+*-The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) held its annual Meatco National Braai competition on Saturday, 28 March 2015, at Hochfeld. This year the event was hosted by the Meatco National Braai champions of 2014, the Hochfeld Farmers’ Association. It was time to hand over the reigns and Okahandja Farmers’ Association proved that they are worthy […]

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Launching the Livestock and Meat Industry Common Vision Launching the Livestock and Meat Industry Common Vision 1 April 2015+*-On 19 February 2015 a milestone was reached in the history of the local meat industry, when the Livestock and Meat Industry’s Common Vision was launched by the Honourable Minister John Mutorwa, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The Livestock and Meat Industry’s Common Vision serves as a blueprint intended to harmonise livestock producers’ marketing […]

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Windhoek and Okahandja plants to operate simultaneously Windhoek and Okahandja plants to operate simultaneously 1 April 2015+*-Hereby all Meatco producers are notified that the Windhoek factory will no longer be closing for two weeks in March as communicated earlier. This decision was made to accommodate the additional demand for slaughter space from producers in the prevailing drought conditions. As from 16 March 2015, both the Windhoek and Okahandja factories will be […]

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Meatco Scoops three PMR Africa Awards Meatco scoops three PMR Africa Awards 1 April 2015+*-The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) won two Overall Golden Arrow Excellence awards as well as a Golden Arrow Excellence award at the 2015 Performance and Management Review (PMR) Africa Awards held in Windhoek on 16 February. The Overall Golden Arrow Excellence awards were made in the categories for Agriculture Livestock and Agriculture Abattoir Services, […]

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donation_1_0 MEATMA DONATES TO CITY OF WINDHOEK SHOE BOX PROJECT 18 February 2015+*-Meatco, through its MEATMA brand, donated boxes of boerewors and burger patties valued at N$2 600 to the recipients of the City of Windhoek Shoe Box Donation Handover event, on the 27th January 2015. MEATMA Shop donated these meat products as a means of ploughing back to the community and strengthening its partnership with the […]

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dsc_5570 MEATMA LAUNCHES SECOND STORE 18 February 2015+*-MEATMA launched its second store in Okahandja last week Friday. Meatco continues to strengthen its local MEATMA retail brand to various towns across Namibia.  Okahandja was the second MEATMA store to be opened, with the official opening taking place on 6th February 2015. The MEATMA retail shop was first launched in August last year in […]

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dsc_3813 MEATCO LAUNCHES MEATMA 11 February 2015+*-Meatco has launched a new brand of products onto the Namibian market called MEATMA. MEATMA is a complete range of quality value-added meat products produced through Meatco’s Local Markets and Value Addition department. MEATMA products are available to local Namibians at affordable prices starting from as low as N$4.00 per kilogram. The new brand of […]

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dsc_0375_0 MEATCO TALKS ABOUT AGRIFINANCE IN KENYA 11 February 2015+*-Better access to credit, especially for smallholder farmers, could bring about a revolution in African agriculture; agriculture must stop being treated as a development programme and rather as a business; and the nature of new growth in Africa must open up to rural economies to unlock agriculture’s potential. These were some of the key messages […]

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dsc_2184 MEATCO HELPS COMMUNAL PRODUCERS IMPROVE CATTLE QUALITY 11 February 2015+*-Meatco, through its Corporate Social Investment vehicle – the Meatco Foundation – recently allocated 13 bulls to farmers from different communal farming areas South of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (SVCF). The handover took place at Okakarara. The bull breeds consist of six Simbras, five Brahamans, a Simentaler and a Braunvieh. The beneficiaries were selected from […]

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agm_1_0 AN OVERVIEW OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2013/2014 11 February 2015+*-The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 27 June 2014 at the Wanderers Sports Club in Windhoek. The Chairperson of the Board, Ms. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, welcomed all stakeholders present after which the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, gave an overview of the business during the 2013/14 financial […]

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dsc_3863 MEATCO CONCERNED BY WITVLEI STATEMENTS 11 February 2015+*-Meatco has a duty to act in the best interest of all Namibian farmers and the meat industry. It is therefore with great concern that we learnt of recent correspondence sent out by Witvlei Meat, relating to an alleged Witvlei Meat board decision to approach the Norwegian Government with a request to interfere with the […]

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gps_shareholding MEATCO ACQUIRES STAKE IN INTERNATIONAL PROTEIN TRADING COMPANY 11 February 2015+*-Meatco achieved another milestone by recently acquiring 25% shareholding in Global Protein Solutions (GPS). GPS is a world-class protein marketing and trading company, with its head office in London, United Kingdom. The company possesses unique and specialised skills in terms of marketing a wide range of protein products on a global scale. Meatco entered into […]

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s77_8446 NEW UPGRADES AT ABATTOIRS INCREASE EFFICIENCY 11 February 2015+*-After some months of rotational slaughter, both Meatco’s Windhoek and Okahandja abattoirs have resumed slaughter and factory operations are progressing smoothly. Meatco’s Windhoek Plant Manager, Andries Taljaardt, says while slaughter continues uninterrupted, system upgrades are currently being effected at our Windhoek abattoir to improve the effectiveness of operations and maximise output in order to cater […]

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s77_8516 UPDATE ON THE EPA 11 February 2015+*-A delegation from the European Commission (EC) visited Meatco’s Windhoek abattoir last week, with the aim of getting an overview on how we operate. The delegation also wanted to see how Meatco operates in adherence to international standards, specifically pertaining to the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system and certification. The EC’s visit to […]

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rukoro_2 UNIFIED AGRICULTURE THE WAY FORWARD 11 February 2015+*-During his address at the National Namibian Famers’ Union congress, Meatco CEO Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, reinforced calls in the industry for a unified agricultural union. Adv. Rukoro was invited to speak to small-scale farmers attending the congress, which carried the theme “Small-scale Farmers key to Household Food Security”. In his address Adv. Rukoro also congratulated […]

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fact MEATCO STRATEGIES FALL IN PLACE EARLIER THAN EXPECTED 11 February 2015+*-Meatco once again finds itself in a very unique position where immediate strategic planning and decisions had to be made. Farmers are cueing up to market their cattle through Meatco. We therefore had to create extra capacity to accommodate the high demand for slaughter. In July 2013, Meatco decided to operate on a rotational basis […]

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dsc_9908 HOCHFELD FARMERS ASSOCIATION IS 2014 MEATCO NATIONAL BRAAI CHAMPIONS 11 February 2015+*-The Hochfeld Farmers Association is the 2014 winner of the Meatco National Braai Competition. The 34th edition of the National Braai Competition was held at Bitterwasser on Saturday, 29 March 2014. This year’s competition was hosted by the Uhlenhorst Farmers’ Association, the champions of last year’s National Braai Competition. The Stampriet Farmers Association won second […]

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wn MEATCO AND EMPLOYEES CONCLUDE WAGE NEGOTIATIONS FOR 2014 AND 2015 11 February 2015+*-Meatco Namibia Management and NAFAU concluded the wage negotiation process on Friday 14 March 2014. The parties agreed inter-alia on an annual salary increase for the period 2014 and 2015 as well a once off bonus. Through the process the two negotiating parties proved that they are not opposing parties but partners representing the same […]

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dsc_3644 MEATCO WINS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AT SADC QUALITY AWARDS 11 February 2015+*-Meatco has won the prestigious SADC Exporter of the Year Award in the category for Large Enterprises at the 2014 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Annual Quality Awards. This was the fourth time the SADC Annual Quality Awards were held. Meatco Chief Executive Officer, Vekuii Rukoro, said this win is a great achievement for Meatco, […]

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dsc_8826 DANISH COOP BELIEVES NAMIBIAN FARMERS HAVE BRIGHT FUTURE 11 February 2015+*-In future Namibia has the potential to be amongst the major global players in terms of food production since the country has many opportunities when it comes to agriculture and cattle production. This is complimented by the passion, energy and courage displayed by farmers and their production systems, in both communal and commercial set-ups. This […]

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dsc_8851 MEATCO GIVES BREEDING BULLS TO OMURAMBA COMMUNITY 11 February 2015+*-Meatco, through its Corporate Social Investment vehicle, the Meatco Foundation, allocated two stud Bonsmara bulls to the Omuramba communal farming community in the Kunene Region. Omuramba is located about 120 km from Opuwo. The Meatco Foundation also constructed a crush pen there. The allocation is aimed at helping farmers whose livelihood depends mainly on farming, […]

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meatco_foundation_1 MEATCO FOUNDATION SUPPORTS SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION 11 February 2015+*-The Meatco Foundation is the organisation’s corporate social investment vehicle with the main objective being to promote and to support the improvement of socio-economic conditions in the rural livestock sector. The foundation does this through developmental interventions by finding and using donor funds. Together with Meatco, the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry, the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Agricultural […]

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price_graph NORWAY QUOTA ALLOCATION LEADS TO INCREASED PRICES FOR PRODUCERS 11 February 2015+*-Meatco has increased its average producer price with N$3,62 per kilogram on 27 January 2014, a massive jump from the previous week and one of the biggest weekly increases in the company’s history. This follows an increase of N$1,03 during the previous week. The price jump was made possible by the increased Norway quota which […]

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eu_parliament_members_visit_039_0 EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT VISIT MEATCO 11 February 2015+*-A delegation of members from the European Union (EU) Parliament visited Meatco today. The delegation was given a tour of Meatco’s world class Windhoek Abattoir and a presentation of how the Meatco business operates. The visit by the delegation comes amidst advanced negotiations with regards to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and […]

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rosa_katjivena_executive_quality_assurance MEATCO RECEIVES NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD 11 February 2015+*-Meatco won 1st place at the Namibian Standards Institute (NSI) for Namibian Exporter of the Year, at the National Quality Awards gala event that took place on 17 October 2013 at Safari Court Hotel. The winner in this category has made significant progress in commencing with or expanding exports to wider markets by introducing quality […]

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drought_relief_handover_1_0 MEATCO HANDS OVER GOVERNMENT CANS FOR DROUGHT RELIEF 11 February 2015+*-Meatco was tasked to slaughter and process a total of 105 cattle provided by the Government for the National drought relief program. The Corporation was approached by the Office of the Prime Minister, through the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management, to slaughter and process cattle that are available on Government farms to provide food to […]

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meatco_and_nafau_agreement_0 MEATCO AND NAFAU SIGN AGREEMENT ON NON-RENEWAL FIXED-TERM CONTRACTS 11 February 2015+*-Meatco and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers’ Union (NAFAU) signed a memorandum of agreement on the non-renewal of fixed-term contracts of temporary employees resulting from the re-alignment of Meatco’s operations. The agreement was signed on Friday 23 August 2013, at Meatco’s Head office. NAFAU has a standing recognition agreement with Meatco and is recognized […]

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permit_day_025_0 FIRST PERMIT DAY SOUTH OF THE VCF A SUCCESS 11 February 2015+*-Meatco, in collaboration with the Orutumbu Farmers Association procured a total of 36 cattle from the first ever Permit/Assembly Day held south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF) at Ongongoro this week. The event, which has been described by both Meatco and the Orutumbu Farmers Association as a “success” was held at the Ongongoro kraals […]

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drought_relief_0 GOVERNMENT AND MEATCO JOIN HANDS FOR DROUGHT RELIEF 11 February 2015+*-Meatco slaughtered a total of 113 cattle provided by the Government for drought relief last week. This followed after the Corporation was approached by the Office of the Prime Minister to slaughter cattle available on Government farms to provide food for Namibians affected by hunger because of the current drought situation. Of the total number […]

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mti_pic MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY PROMOTES MEATCO 11 February 2015+*-All Meatco’s products which are marketed abroad now form part of the international display of Namibian products at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. This comes after the Ministry extended an invitation to Meatco to provide the products for this very purpose. As a producer of truly Namibian products, Meatco is grateful for the invitation […]

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image013 MEATCO BOARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED 11 February 2015+*-Meatco this week sent out the nominations, from its members and employees, of persons to serve on the Meatco Board of Directors to the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Mr John Mutorwa, who will make the final appointments. The new board is expected to take over from the current board at the end of […]

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agm_065 MEATCO MEMBERS WANT AMICABLE SOLUTION TO OWNERSHIP DEBATE 11 February 2015+*-During the 27th Annual General Meeting of Meatco held last week Friday, the Corporation’s members renewed their mandate to the Meatco Board and Management with regards to the future ownership of Meatco. The Meatco members recognize the importance of Government as a strategic partner in the meat industry and accept that there is an important […]

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