22 Sep 2016 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 22 SEP (NAMPA) The Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) of Namibia will continue in its efforts for the approval of bone-in exports of small livestock to the European Union (EU).
The LPO in its 2016 annual report, which was distributed on Wednesday ahead of the LPO congress slated for next month, said the issue remains crucial.
The LPO is furthering its efforts to re-negotiate the Small Stock Marketing Scheme with government as after 12 years, no significant results have been seen regarding the governments intention of value addition and employment creation.
Up to date, the government has kept to the 1:1 scheme, despite a small stock marketing report submitted to Cabinet to recall the small stock marketing scheme. Cabinet referred the issue back to the industry to submit a new joint industry proposal, which better incorporates the 'growth at home' strategy of government, the LPO noted.
A small stock committee have since been established, which includes producer organizations, abattoirs and government to present a revised joint industry proposal to Cabinet.
LPO made reference to the Production-Cost Index for the first quarter of 2016, which continued to reflect a declining trend in real producer prices leading to a more pronounced cost-price squeeze in both the cattle and sheep industries in Namibia.
The cattle industry in Namibia has been experiencing a particularly tough time over the past 10 years, with the ensuing drought worsening the effect since the beginning of 2013. The sheep industry on the other hand, even though also experiencing a decline in terms of real producer prices, continued to be more robust as it maintained a much steadier trend over the past 10 years.
The LPO stressed that the income from sheep increased by 123.37 per cent over the past ten years.
Meanwhile, the 2015/2016 drought also impacted heavily on the small stock industry, with live exports of sheep to South Africa increasing significantly in 2015.
The slaughtering of sheep at export abattoirs however decreased with approximately 20 per cent due to more sheep being exported live during 2015.
Namibia exports approximately 160 000 weaners, 90 000 sheep and 240 000 goats to South Africa annually.