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EAR TAG OFFICE CLOSES FOR STOCK TAKING

The Meat Board would like to inform all producers and individuals that the ear tag office of the Meat Board will be closed on Friday, 18 October 2019 from 8H00 until 10H00 for stock taking. The office will be open again from 10H00 on these days for the purchasing of ear tags. The Meat Board apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused by the closing of the ear tag office. For any further information, please contact Ms Saraphia Kapenaina: 061-275865/4/3.

MEAT BOARD INVITED TO PRESENT AT AGRICULTURAL OUTLOOK CONFERENCE

On 8 October 2019, at the latest Agricultural Outlook Conference, the Meat Board was invited to present an optimal post-drought livestock and meat marketing policy.  Following the devastating drought of 2019, it is imperative that the livestock and meat industry should be given a few years to recuperate without any marketing restrictions. Any restrictions to the marketing channel or value chain renders the export industry less competitive in relation to major export countries like Australia and New Zealand. The Agricultural Gross Domestic Product will vary less and will re-establish its rightful contribution to the National Gross Domestic Product if macro-economic factors like the incorporation of the cattle source north of the veterinary cordon fence within the export value chain, the prevention of interference with the marketing channel, the establishment of additional markets in China and the Middle East and bush encroachment are substantially addressed.

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR A SHARE IN NAMIBIA’S NORWAY BEEF QUOTA 2019

Eligible organisations are invited to apply to the Meat Board of Namibia for a share in the Norway Beef Quota 2019 available to Namibia for the production and export of beef to Norway. The quota is awarded annually to eligible organisations (i.e. organisations approved for beef production and export to Norway) and are valid for the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.  New entrants (subject to achieved eligibility, certification and qualification for the production and export of beef to Norway) are encouraged to apply.

The sharing and allocation of the Norway Beef Quota 2020 of 1,600 tons will be done in accordance with the ‘Cabinet Directive’ for the export of beef to Norway as well as the Meat Board’s Norway Beef Quota Standard Operating procedures (SOPs).

All applicants are required to attach the following documents/information to the applications:

A certified copy of the “Certificate of approval of establishment by Norway” indicating the establishment number.

  1. Applicants should clearly indicate the total tonnage of beef applied for during the calendar year 2020.
  2. Historic slaughter numbers and beef export volumes substantiating the proven capacity to export the beef tonnage applied for.

Written applications, clearly marked “Norwegian Quota” should reach the Meat Board on or before 1 November 2019 and should be addressed in a confidential envelope to:

The General Manager
Meat Board of Namibia
P O Box 38
WINDHOEK

For further Information and clarity, please do contact Mr G. Tujendapi at 061 275855.

 

 

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

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