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FAN MEAT OFFICE: COVID-19 MEASURES

Please take note of the following measures implemented at the FAN Meat Office of the Meat Board of Namibia in Windhoek to counter the spread of the Coronavirus:

  • As far as possible, please make use of online applications and payments for ear tags (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) (Tel: 061 275 863/4) to avoid coming in to the office. Please note that payments needs to reflect in the Meat Board’s bank account before your order will be processed. 
  • Ear tags previously ordered and paid for can be collected by means of a “drive through” system. You will be notified when the ear tags are ready for collection. Please phone 061 275 844 to arrange for the pick-up; 
  • Stock brand certificates can be collected by means of a “drive through” system. You will be notified when your certificate is ready for collection.  Please phone 061 275 844 to arrange for the pick-up (Stock brand office Tel: 061 275 842 / 857); 
  • Only 10 (ten) clients will be allowed entry to the FAN Meat office at a time; 
  • Clients will be required to sanitize hands at the entrance of the office before entry.

 Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

MEAT BOARD ANNOUNCES STANDARD VALUES FOR CALCULATION OF LEVIES DURING THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR

Government notice Number 139 of 2012 determined that the Meat Board must annually calculate standard values for the following financial year. These standard values form the basis for the calculation of levies where transaction values of livestock could not be audited.  Meat Board levies are calculated as percentages of the standard values during the export and import of livestock, local (“out of the hand”) transactions, as well as during slaughtering at local abattoirs.  The standard values are calculated according to the real trade value of livestock during the previous calendar year. The standard values applicable during the 2020/2021 financial year will be implemented from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 and are as follows:

Item

Standard Value (N$)

Cattle - (alive)

5708

Cattle - (for slaughter)

10510

Goat (any transaction)

856

Sheep (any transaction)

954

Pork (any transaction)

1657

 

FAN MEAT AUDITS

The FAN Meat office of the Meat Board would herewith like to inform Producers that the Meat Board has appointed Inspectors to perform audits on farms for the verification of the implementation of FAN Meat rules and standards.  Producers who have been identified for this inspection will receive communication prior to the inspection.  We kindly request the cooperation of Producers in this regard.   The aim of these inspections is for the monitoring and verification of the FAN Meat Scheme which is used to strengthen the international marketing of Namibian meat.

MADAGASCAR DELEGATION VISITS NAMIBIA

A high level delegation from Madagascar’s Agricultural sector visited Namibia from 9 to 11 March 2020 to gain more insight into the origin, design and operation of the Namibian livestock Identification and traceable systems (NamLITS).  The delegation also visited the main office of the Meat Board in Windhoek to discuss the successful collaboration between the Meat Board and the Directorate Veterinary Services that led to the development of NamLITS.  During this visit, the FAN Meat scheme was explained and the delegation also visited the ear tag and livestock offices.  The delegation was accompanied by members of the World Bank who were highly impressed with the Namibian model which makes provision for the establishment and maintenance of the Meat Board of Namibia.

MEAT BOARD OPERATIONALISE THE KATIMA MULILO EXPORT ABATTOIR

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) requested the Meat Board of Namibia (MBN) to operationalise the Katima Mulilo (KM) export abattoir. Funds for this process have been made available to the MBN by the MAWF.  The abattoir has been under lockdown since 21 August 2014 after a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Ihaha in the Zambezi region.  The contingency plan for foot-and-mouth disease has since been adapted by the Directorate Veterinary Services (DVS) and they also approved a commodity based trade protocol.

The aim for re-opening the KM-abattoir was to export beef from the Zambezi region under strict DVS requirements in a bid to:

  1. Prepare the abattoirs for cattle slaughtering - a process that has started in

mid-November 2019.

  1. Prepare the abattoir for DVS auditing and certification.

With the support of the MBN and Meatco consulting engineers, the abattoir successfully undertook test slaughtering during the week of 27 - 28 February 2020 - five and a half years since its initial closure.  The event was observed by the Governor of the Zambezi region, the mayor of Katima Mulilo, MBN board members and management, ZAMCO management members, DVS responsible for Veterinary Public Health (VPH), as well as producers.

During March 2020 the focus will be on the second phase of reinstatement, namely DVS auditing and certification. Depending on the recovery of the Kopano quarantine farm where the MBN is involved in, the MBN will have achieved its goal of handing over the abattoir and all its operations to ZAMCO on 1 April 2020. 

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