The Livestock Production and Value Addition department is undergoing changes and plans to start night classes as part of the extension services it offers to Meatco producers.
Newly appointed Manager Agriculture, Extension and Advisory Services Abrie van Wyk says the first class will take place in two weeks’ time. Meatco producers must prepare themselves for an exciting information-sharing evening. The Guest speaker and expert invited on the day will discuss the importance of supplementing according to seasons.
“The producers must turn out in numbers and make use of such opportunities that will be offered free of charge to producers in our quest to add value to their production systems and, ultimately, to the entire beef value chain,” says Van Wyk.
When: 29 Oct 2020
Where: Meatco Abattoir cafeteria
Topic: Supplementation according to seasons, and why
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The department has adopted a market-driven livestock production system, where it will help farmers develop livestock production systems that are in-line with market demands. One of the major changes was to introduce night classes and a producers’ forum where farmers will be offered extension services, advising and teaching them to align the quality of animals with their livestock production systems.
This multi-disciplinary approach, through workshops, mentoring and advisory services by collaborating with key players in the agriculture industry, will enable Namibian farmers to revive the livestock sector again. The sector is recovering after the devastating 2019 drought, and as such concerted efforts are required.
Meatco’s Chief Executive Officer Mwilima Mushokabanji says his strategic focus is to make the organisation competitive and agile.
There are also plans to re-open the Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Gobabis offices to ease the producers’ access to Meatco again.
Effective 1 October 2020, key managers of the department are:
George Kotze Executive Livestock Production and Value Addition
Abrie van Wyk Manager Agriculture, Extension and Advisory Services
Estie Kwenani Feedlot and Tannery
Veko Katjivena Manager Administration, Livestock Production and Value Addition
Johan Goosen Cannery
Patrick Liebenberg Manager: Livestock Procurement Commercial and Communal