Feedmaster's new state-of-the-art feed mill for poultry and pig feeds in Namibia on track for October. It should increase the company's annual production capacity.
According to André Snyman, Feedmaster’s managing director, the new feed mill is being constructed on Farm Otjihavera just north of the NPI broiler farm (Okapuka Farm), It will be dedicated to monogastric feed and is estimated to cost in the region of €7.2 million. The expected capacity of the new mill is 10,000 tonnes per month and will create a least 40 jobs.
Snyman went on to say that the current feed mill is scheduled for an upgrade and will specialise in ruminant feed. He explains that this investment will boost the capacity at the current ruminant feed mill enabling Feedmaster to meet and even exceed the needs of their clients, plus increase its market share in the ruminant market. The upgrade will take place as a phased process and completion is estimated at the end of 2013.
"The ruminant sector will still form 75% of the total annual feed output and therefore, this sector will remain strategically important to Feedmaster," Snyman emphasised.
The current feed mill has been complying with ISO 9000 and ISO 22000, since 2007. Which makes the Feedmaster mill compliant to European Union (EU) standards.
Feedmaster is a full subsidiary company of the NMI Group. It was founded in 1983 as a small feed milling operation with the purpose of adding value to available milling byproducts. Today, together with its mixing unit in Upington, Feedmaster produces a wide range of technologically advanced animal feeds, with an annual output in excess of 90 000 tonnes.
Feedmaster is the only local producer of animal feeds. It competes against South African or SADC feed companies that are exporting feed to Namibia.