In a bold move that promises to transform Namibia’s meat industry, the Chakula Investment Group has poured N$37 million into the construction of a cutting-edge abattoir in the Otjikondo area of the Kunene Region. This privately owned facility, slated to open its doors in October, is on a trajectory to reach a total investment of N$42 million by year-end. This article dives into the details of this game-changing venture and its potential impact on Namibia’s agricultural and economic landscape.
A Modern Marvel in the Making
Chakula Investment Group is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to create a state-of-the-art abattoir. With a planned slaughter capacity of 13,000 for large livestock and 24,000 for small stock annually when fully operational, this facility is set to be a game-changer for the region. Its construction is not just about bricks and mortar; it’s a testament to Chakula’s commitment to raising the bar in the meat processing industry.
Job Creation and Community Development
Naka Shimwino, Chairman of Chakula Investment Group, highlights the positive impact this venture will have on the Kunene and Otjozondjupa regions. The abattoir’s commercial operations will be rolled out in six expansion stages, generating over 75 jobs during both construction and operational phases. To address the remote location, the project includes a workers’ village, providing essential accommodation for employees, including abattoir workers and support staff. This investment isn’t just about business; it’s about uplifting communities.
Aspiring for Export Accreditation
Chakula’s ambitions go beyond domestic borders. The abattoir is set to apply for export accreditation once it commences operations. This move aligns with Namibia’s broader objectives of promoting sustainable farming practices, adding value to production, and exporting high-quality meat products to global markets. It’s a testament to Chakula’s commitment to quality and international standards.
Vertical Integration and Sustainable Farming
Chakula Investment Group’s strategic vision extends far beyond the abattoir. They are simultaneously operating cattle, pig, sheep, and goat projects on their farm Oribib 33A. Furthermore, the group is developing its feed production farms and implementing an innovative intensive feedlot system to efficiently supply the abattoir. This integrated approach ensures control over the entire value chain, from farm to table.
A Key Player in the Meat Export Market
Namibia has carved a niche for itself as a key exporter of meat to international markets, and Chakula’s investment is poised to enhance this position further. With a focus on quality, sustainability, and vertical integration, Chakula Investment Group is positioning itself as a driving force in Namibia’s meat industry, one that contributes to the nation’s economic growth and global reputation.
Chakula Investment Group’s N$37 million investment in a cutting-edge abattoir represents a significant milestone in Namibia’s agricultural and economic landscape. This venture embodies a commitment to quality, job creation, and community development, while also aligning with national goals of sustainable farming and global meat exports. As the abattoir opens its doors, it heralds a new era for Namibia’s meat industry, one driven by innovation and a dedication to excellence.
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