On 10 March 2016 cooperatives from the Northern Communal Area (NCA) visited the Windhoek Abattoir with the aim of taking home ways in which farmers there can also enjoy the benefits of slaughtering with Meatco.
The idea behind the visit was to enhance farmers’ perspective on how Meatco grades and prices slaughtered animals, the type of animals Meatco needs for slaughtering, as well as gaining a broader understanding of the meat industry at large.
The groups representing Regional Livestock Marketing Cooperatives and Conservation Agriculture Namibia (CAN), included regional managers, board members, field facilitators and herd trainers. They come from the Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, and Kavango regions.
During the visit, delegates had the chance to sit down with Meatco employees and also participated in a question and answer session. This session clarified a few of the issues brought up, like how long it will take the mobile abattoir to slaughter animals once operations start.
Armed with this and other information, the farmers received sufficient feedback to take back to the farmers in the NCA.
As Meatco is preparing to start with its new business model in the NCA, it is vital that visits like these are hosted for the producers that the company wishes to work with. For this reason, these visits should take place regularly to create a better understanding of the business amongst all the parties involved.
Meatco will be hosting information sessions once slaughtering has begun in the NCA, where farmers will be able to interact with procurement officers and learn more about our business strategies.
Leo Shaanika, Meatco’s Training Officer with Delegates from the Northern Communal Area, who visited the Windhoek Abattoir.