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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