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    Montana Carswell in contract farming



    TATENDA CHIZU

    MASVINGO - One of the biggest meat producer in Masvingo Province Montana Carswell Meats (MC) has started contract farming with cattle farmers in the communal areas the Regional Manager Rod Fennel said this at a workshop held at a local hotel recently.
    Fennel said MC will supply the farmer with feed, vaccines in case of disease outbreaks and abattoir facilities so that they realise the best value for their cattle and enhance the quality of beef and empower the farmers.
    "We have engaged into contract farming with cattle producers in order to enhance the quality of beef and control the whole supply chain," said Fennell.
    MC being the abattoir of choice pay small scale farmers $10 for transporting their cattle from anywhere in the province to its feedlots as an incentive for bringing their cattle he added.
    The workshop which was attended by 90 cattle farmers from the province drew participants from the livestock division in the Department of Veterinary Services and Business Against Stock Theft (BAST) in the anti stocktheft department of the Police.
    A number of concerns raised by the farmers were also addressed at the meeting among them the issue of branding of cattle and stray cattle which end up being sold by the local authorities because they will not be branded.
    "Farmers should brand their cattle with letters obtained from the DA in order to avoid duplication of brands," said Aaron Muchazivepi BAST representative.
    Fennel castigated unscrupulous meat producers who do not deliver on their promises to farmers.
    "Some producers are not honest in their business dealings, they lie that they take the farmers' cattle to Masvingo for slaughter from as far as Checheche but rather end up diverting the cattle to nearby farms prompting the Vet Dept to deny clearance for the cattle to be slaughtered complicating things for genuine meat producers," said Fennel.
    MC is as a result of a merger between leading meat producers Montana Meats and Carswell Meats in 2014 and this was meant to maximise production and quality of products said Funnel.
    MC is also into other meat by products like polony and mincemeat, goat and mutton meat production.agriculture news
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