MEAT BOARD HOLDS SUCCESSFUL SEMINARS REGARDING CATTLE AND SHEEP MARKETING
Two successful seminars regarding cattle and sheep marketing were held by the Meat Board in Windhoek on 16 and 17 June 2020. Globally, and not just in Namibia, the meat industry has been affected by reduced consumer disposable income; a shift in the application of disposable income; a change in meat consumption patterns with the shift from take away food to in-house cooking; the outbreak of animal diseases and the impact of drought. The aim of these seminars had been to obtain the input of several role players on how to get the meat industry to grow again. The biggest challenge is, and will be to create the ideal environment for producers in a bid to recover production.
DVS NAMLITS QUOTA SYSTEM:
On 8 June 2020, the Directorate of Veterinary services implemented a quota system for the purchasing of official cattle ear-tags. Every producer’s quota is dependendant on the average cattle ear-tags that have been registered over the last 24 months. The implementation of this quota system is in line with the Animal Identification Regulations as published in November 2017 under the Animal Health Act (Act 1 of 2011). Producers, who correctly purchased, registered and replaced tags on the NamLITS system, will not be affected by the quota system. Unfortunately, producers who have not followed the correct procedures will be affected. Provision has been made to directly apply at the Directorate for an adjustment of ear-tag quotas. This will particularly benefit upcoming producers, and producers who want to expand their herds. These applications should be addressed to the Directorate at 061-208 7294 / 061-208 7307 / 061-258501