Meatco gets bulk of Norwegian quota

05 December 2019 | Business

The Meat Board of Namibia has allocated next year's 1 600-tonne Norwegian beef export quota to Meatco and the Brukkaros abattoir.

Meatco received a 1 400-tonne quota and Brukkaros 200 tonnes.

The Norwegian beef quota is subject to strict implementation procedures and will be effective 1 January 2020.

According to the Meat Board the allocation must still be ratified by the trade minister.

Up to now, Meatco has filled 95% of this year's Norwegian quota and all indications are that it will utilise the full quota before the end of the year, the Meat Board said.

The Norwegian quota is awarded annually to eligible organisations.

In other news, the Meat Board has started appointing contractors to repair, replace and maintain equipment at the Katima Mulilo export abattoir.

It says the government has granted a certain amount for this purpose and this project is jointly managed by consulting engineers of the agriculture ministry, the works ministry, the Meat Board and Meatco.

The abattoir's refrigeration system will be given priority attention.

“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 Meat Board says.

The aim is to start experimental slaughtering at the abattoir in February 2020.

Because of the regular occurrence of foot-and-mouth disease in this region, the abattoir equipment must comply with the recommendations of the International Animal Health Organisation.



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