Agriculture, Water and Forestry Ministry launches Namibia Livestock Catalogue to educate Namibians about livestock breeds in country

WINDHOEK: The Agriculture, Water and Forestry Ministry launched the Namibia Livestock Catalogue today to educate Namibians about various livestock breeds in the country.

The 176-page catalogue is a synopsis of breeds and ecotypes found in Namibia, and can be used as a guideline in livestock production.

It can also assist aspiring livestock farmers to make informed decisions when selecting livestock breeds.

The table of contents of the catalogue include cattle, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa said some livestock breeds and ecotypes in Namibia are of economic and strategic importance, but are relatively unknown.

He said the diverse livestock genetic pool is Namibia’s heritage and should be conserved, developed and protected, not only for future markets, but for mitigating the effects of climate change as well.