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REMARKS BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE MEAT BOARD OF NAMIBIA, MS PATRICIA GURUBES

REMARKS BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE MEAT BOARD OF NAMIBIA, MS PATRICIA GURUBES AT THE HANDING OVER OF A DONATION OF N$6 MILLION BY THE MEAT BOARD OF NAMIBIA TO THE NATIONAL DISASTER RISK FUND OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

Right Honourable Prime Minister RT. Hon. Dr Kuugongelwa - Amadhila

Executive Director Mr I-Ben Nashandi

Staff of the Office of the Prime Minister

Members of the Press

 

17 September 2019

President, His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob on 6 May 2019 declared a State of Emergency on the current drought situation nationwide. Dr Geingob further requested all offices, ministries and agencies to render assistance in addressing the plight of all effected Namibian farmers.

The Meat Board of Namibia adhered to this plight and approved at its recent board meeting a donation of N$ 6 million to the National Disaster Fund to relieve livestock producers of the impact of what may be the worst drought in history. It is estimated that the marketing of approximately 7500 head of cattle with N$400 and 37500 head of small stock with N$80 could be assisted with the amount donated by the Meat Board of Namibia.

These funds were approved (obviously with the sanction of Honourable Minister !Naruseb) in accordance with the mandate of the Meat Board of Namibia as provided for by the Meat Industry Act of 1981 which is to promote the interests of the meat industry of Namibia both in and outside Namibia. The funds thus needs to be used for the payment of Livestock Marketing Incentives - one of the drought mitigating measures approved by Cabinet.

The role and functions of the Meat Board of Namibia is to promote a conducive environment for the sustainable production, market growth and diversification of livestock, meat and meat products. In line with the mandate, recent activities of the Meat Board of Namibia are assisting the Directorate Veterinary Services, financially to maintain export markets, to draft protocols to move beef from north of the Veterinary Cordon fence to south of the Veterinary Cordon fence – an important step to develop the local market for beef produced from north of the Veterinary Cordon Fence, to repair the Veterinary Fence and Namibia Botswana Border fence, assisting the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry with the recommissioning of the Katima Mulilo export abattoir, etc.

The Meat Board of Namibia wishes to extend its appreciation to Cabinet to suspend the Sheep Marketing Scheme for one year and is embracing, together with the industry the opportunity provided for by Cabinet to come forward with solutions to maximally add value within the country.

It is therefore indeed a privilege that I, as Meat Board of Namibia Chairperson could hand over the ceremonial cheque to the Right Honourable Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. 

Patricia Gurubes

CHAIRPERSON: MEAT BOARD OF NAMIBIA

MEAT BOARD INCREASES SUPPORT TO THE DIRECTORATE VETERINARY SERVICES

The Meat Board is active on several levels to support the Directorate Veterinary Services in a bid to maintain the country’s animal health status.  Support is provided in relation to the upkeep of the Veterinary Cordon Fence and the Namibia/Botswana border fences; combating Foot and Mouth disease outbreaks in Zambezi;  support to the traceability system; NamLITS; the testing of game for beef Tuberculosis in order to declare the Foot and Mouth disease-free zone officially free of beef tuberculosis in order to eliminate individual beef Tuberculosis testing before export, etc.  Due to the financial constraints experienced, the importance of the support to the Directorate Veterinary Services cannot be underestimated.

INVITATION TO SUBMIT PROJECT PROPOSALS

The MBN wishes to render financial assistance to organisations with respect to the improvement, production, preservation, slaughter, preparation, processing, storing, consumption or marketing of livestock, meat and meat products of species cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) or anything derived therefrom in order to achieve the objects of the Act.

The Meat Board of Namibia (MBN), a Body established in terms of the Meat Industry Act, 1981 (Act No 12 of 1981) (the “Act”), as amended has the mission to promote a conducive environment for sustainable meat production, market growth and diversification of livestock, meat and meat products.

The MBN wishes to render financial assistance to organisations with respect to the improvement, production, preservation, slaughter, preparation, processing, storing, consumption or marketing of livestock, meat and meat products of species cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) or anything derived therefrom in order to achieve the objects of the Act.

Projects should satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Must accentuate the strategic goals of the MBN Strategic Plan;
  2. Must serve a wide segment(s) of beneficiaries;
  3. Must be projects which can be replicated to different regions;
  4. Must clearly demonstrate that the project are based on sound business practice;
  5. Must contribute significantly to the financial growth of the meat industry and the agricultural Gross Domestic Product; 

 Project proposals should be accompanied by certified copies of the following documents: 

  • Legal status  of the entity (registration documents);
  • Good Standing documents from the Receiver of Revenue;
  • Good Standing documents from the Social Security Commission;
  • Affirmative Action Compliance Certificate;

Application forms are available at the MBN Head Office. 

Interested parties should submit project proposals in the prescribed format at the MBN Head Office on or before 20 September 2019: 16h30 pm at the following address.

Meat Board of Namibia, First floor, Agricultural Boards Building, 30 David Hosea Meroro Road, Windhoek, Namibia.                                                                   

No late submissions will be considered.

For further detail please contact:

The Manager Operations

Mr. Willie Schutz

Tel: +264 61 275838 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

MEAT BOARD INITIATES ADDITIONAL MARKET ACCESS FOR NAMIBIAN MEAT PRODUCTS

The Meat Board, in collaboration with the Directorate Veterinary Services, has started negotiations to attain additional market access for bone-in beef and lamb to the European Union, China, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Except for the European Union, and to a lesser extent China, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offer opportunities to import bone-in products produced north of the Veterinary Cordon Fence under certain conditions.  Every potential importing country is measured according to the potential income Namibia could earn, import conditions set by the importing country and the costs to adhere to such conditions.  China already imports a certain amount of Namibian beef.

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