!Naruseb visits Swakara
14 Jun 2018 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) - Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb on Thursday visited Swakara as part of his familiarisation tour of State-owned enterprises that fall under his ministry.
Briefing the minister about their operations, board chairperson Julene Meyer said there are 450 Namibian Swakara producers and approximately 14 000 people benefit directly from the industry.
As there is a growing demand for pelts, more Swakara farmers are needed in the industry, Meyer emphasise.
Namibia produces approximately 140 000 karakul pelts per annum. These are sold under the name Swakara at the Copenhagen Fur auction in Denmark twice a year.
!Naruseb said he is impressed with what Swakara is doing, particularly in terms of sorting of the pelts which means it does not have to undergo a second sorting process in Copenhagen.
He also mentioned the agency assisting South Africa and Botswana as their products are brought to Namibia as final dispatching point to Copenhagen.
I am very impressed that in Africa, they are an authority when it comes to the Swakara industry, he said.
The minister urged more farmers to venture into the industry.
Swakara is a high quality eco-fur, highly regarded as a long-term investment in terms of style and durability.
The robust sheep breed is able to thrive despite the dry desert conditions in the southern parts of Namibia.