Meat industry players meet

23 September 2020 | Agriculture



The Meatco board last week paid a courtesy visit to the Meat Board of Namibia to discuss how to address crucial matters hampering the meat industry.

During the meeting, Meatco board chairperson Johnnie Hamman announced new appointments to the board. Meat Board deputy chairperson, Dr Archie Norval, said the courtesy meeting was the first of many ongoing engagements, which he believed were necessary to start off on the right foot and get acquainted.

New board members

Hamman introduced his board members and added that public enterprises minister, Leon Jooste, appointed three permanent members from the Northern Communal Area (NCA).

The new board members will represent the Zambezi, Kavango, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Oshana and Omusati regions.

The Meatco board now consists of nine members who all have voting rights.

Hamman added that the board also plans to appoint co-opted members in three identified areas of expertise - chartered accountancy, human resources and the Public Enterprises Governance Act (Pega).

“This position is pivotal now that Meatco falls under the public enterprises ministry since 16 December 2019 and the need to comply with the Meat Corporation Act and Pega is great.

Therefore, it must be understood that the law books around us have risen from a small act to a large substantial legislation.

These co-opted members will not necessarily serve a three-year team, but will assist this Meatco board in times that we need their expertise,” Hamman said.

The two boards are planning a follow-up meeting soon to deliberate on matters such as setting up a task force team that will tackle pertinent agricultural matters hindering the success of the meat industry and on the 40/90 days regulation pertaining to the direct marketing of animals from the communal areas south of the veterinary cordon fence for slaughter at the export abattoir.

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