22 Oct 2015 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 OCT (NAMPA) Farmers are not allowed to use any seal oil and seal meal in livestock feed, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) says.
MAWF acting Permanent Secretary Abraham Nehemia issued a statement on Thursday as a reminder to farmers that these substances are not allowed in livestock feed.
The statement said Namibia on 01 September 1998 banned the acquisition, disposal, sale or use, as a farm feed for ruminants, any product that consists of or contains any carcass meal, meat meal or meat, bone meal or any other bone product, including hoofs or horns, or blood meal obtained from ruminants.
As a trading partner of the European Union (EU) with regard to livestock products, Regulation (EC) 1774/2002 is also applicable to Namibia if as a country, we are to continue accessing the EU beef market as well as other important markets like China, Russia, and others. Consequently, the ministry urges all the meat industry role-players to take note of Namibias obligations with respect to these requirements of our trading partners and to comply with them accordingly, Nehemia said.
The ministry issued the reminder to farming community, farmers' unions and associations, animal feed processors, retailers, as well as other meat industry role-players.
The EU, which is one of Namibias most important trading partners in the meat industry, adopted the regulation back in October 2002. This regulation laid down strict animal and public health rules for the collection, transport, storage, handling, processing and use, or disposal of all animal by-products.
However, a ban on feeding mammalian materials (including ruminant material) back to ruminant animals (including cattle, sheep, goats) has been in place in the EU since 1994. The reason for this ban was to prevent the spread of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) which can also affect people when they eat meat from infected animals.