DR SHILONGO APPOINTED HEAD VETERINARY EXPERT OFFICER
Meatco congratulates Dr Albertina Shilongo on her appointment as Head Veterinary Officer of Namibia – a very important post both nationally and internationally.
Up until now, Dr Shilongo has done a magnificent job under difficult circumstances. Her congenial personality has helped her to achieve a great deal in a bid to obtain the support of all role players to get the animal health status of the meat industry on a good footing.
We, at Meatco, wish her all the best in this challenging task and she can depend on the support of all role players.
Dr Shilongo was very instrumental, and remains so, during Meatco’s efforts to access its new markets, namely China and the USA. Meatco, as an organisation, is proud of her achievements.
MEAT BOARD STARTS REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE AT KATIMA MULILO EXPORT ABATTOIR
The Meat Board started the process of appointing contractors responsible for the repairs, replacement and maintenance of equipment at the Katima Mulilo Export Abattoir.
The Government has granted funds for this purpose and consulting engineers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, the Ministry of Works and Transport, the Meat Board and Meatco jointly manage this project.
The component that is given priority attention is the cooling systems of the abattoir. The appointment of the Meat Board was driven by factors that include mismanagement by the previous contractor, cost-cutting and the need of beef producers from the Zambezi who have not had a formal market for marketing their products for the last five years.
The aim is to start experimental slaughtering at the abattoir beginning February 2020. With the regular occurrence of foot-and-mouth disease in this region, equipment is tested to cook beef products on a consumer-acceptable basis that complies with the recommendations of the International Animal Health Organisation.