Meatco hosts farmer liaison meetings around the country

Meatco hosts farmer liaison meetings around the country
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Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) is undertaking a series of farmer liaison meetings in various parts of the country to share information with farmers as key stakeholders in livestock production.
One such gathering was held at Okakarara in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Addressing farmers at Okakarara, Meatco Board Chairperson Johnnie Hamman stressed that the current board members are striving for inclusivity among all farmers in the country.
He added that it is now up to government to level the playing ground for farmers to prosper, as the agribusiness sector remains one of the biggest contributors to the country's GDP.
Hamman said, "no distinction particularly between any communal farmers, emerging or any commercial farmer, for me there is no distinction between the NCA or the south cordon policy and that is my personal believe, and that is what my board stand for, they are all producers we are one and we stand for Meatco."
Hamman also added that these engagements with the farmers will also help in enhancing their trust in the agriculture sector.
On his part, Otjozondjupa Governor James Uerikua reminded Meatco that all livestock producers in the country should be treated equally, irrespective of their background.
Uerikua said, "we have heard of the farmers that has up to six lots that are slaughtering with Meatco, one farmer selling six times per week to deliver livestock to Meatco but that same farmer comes to a communal farmer and hold a permits, put the price at N$14/15 per kg, takes those livestock to Meatco and Meatco gives him N$48 or N$50 per kg on the hook nothing as far as value addition".
Uerikua also pleaded with Meatco board members to establish an abattoir at Okakarara, as the region is a key livestock producer in the country.
The Governor also encouraged farmers to give attention to producing fodder for their livestock to avoid relying on outside markets.
The Meatco liaison meetings are being carried out under the theme, 'Restoring Trust and Building Relationships'.