Namibia eyes DRC, Tanzania for sheep exports
09 Mar 2014 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAR (NAMPA) Namibian livestock farmers are looking into exporting sheep bone-in cuts to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola, Zambia and Tanzania.
According to the latest Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) newsletter, this came to light during a recent meeting organised by the Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO).
The newsletter made reference to a representative from the Farmers Meat Market, Fanie du Plessis, who highlighted the profitability of other African markets for sheep exports.
Namibia exports sheep mainly to South Africa.
Du Plessis was quoted as saying that a big market exists in especially the DRC, Angola, Zambia and Tanzania, and the Farmers Meat Market plans further development of those markets for its products.
The Farmers Meat Market's Mariental Abattoir is a state-of-the-art, European Union (EU)-approved facility, which exports lamb and springbok to Europe, Norway and South Africa.
Delegates at the LPO meeting also called on the Namibian Government to register smaller abattoirs for sheep exports as it would have big economic spin-offs for the small livestock industry in Namibia.