Construction of the Okangoho crush pen, an initiative of the Meatco Foundation and partner UNIL (Norwegian Group), is nearing completion and will soon be in operation.
The Okangoho Multipurpose Co-operative with over 250 members is looking forward to conducting business in the first modern crush pen of its kind in the Okakarara area.
Chairperson of the co-operative, Job Katjitae, said the crush pen will not only serve as a livestock marketing hub for the area, but will also be crucial in the treatment of injuries and vaccination of livestock.
The Meatco Foundation together with UNIL expect to officially handover the crush pen to the settlement’s farmers’ co-operative and the entire community at an event coinciding with the first scheduled Permit Day for 2018 in April.
Farmers will be expected to bring their cattle to the facility for marketing and they will receive immediate cash for cattle sold on the day.
The co-operative normally hosts an auction every second month, which translates to six auctions per year. Auctions usually attract anything between 80-200 cattle, however, the co-operative is hopeful that the number will increase to 300 cattle because of the new facilities.
Treasurer of the co-operative, Abiud Katuutja, could not hide his excitement because of the pace at which the crush pen is taking shape. He said he is pleased that construction work is moving forward as planned.
“The crush pen will improve socio-economic conditions of the community, because on auction days not only livestock owners come here, but other individuals who set up their businesses to sell other products, so it is a welcome development,” Katuutja said.
Okangoho is a rural settlement located 46km northeast of Okakarara at an intersection leading to places such as Otjituuo, Coblenz and Okamatapati.