Forty Percent of Namibians Depend On Livestock Sector

THE livestock sector is important to the country because 40% of Namibian livelihoods depend on this market segment, economist Daniel Motinga said this week. The livestock sector contributes 2% to the country’s GDP, Motinga said.

Motinga said this at a media day hosted by the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) in Windhoek, which was attended by journalists and editors from various local media institutions.

The aim of this event was to engage and enlighten key stakeholders in the media with regards to the changing environment in the livestock and meat industry, and to share with them information about issues that impact these sectors.

The information day took place at a critical time, considering that Namibia’s northern region is currently suffering from an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

Meatco’s chief executive officer, Vekuii Rukoro, stressed the important role the livestock sector – especially Meatco – plays in the Namibian economy. He urged stakeholders to remain proactive at various levels so as to sustain this volatile sector.

Trade and strategic manager of the Meat Board of Namibia, Goliath Tujendapi, said the sector will only survive in the long term if government policies continue to be in line with industry initiatives, indicating that the industry should build in-house capacity in terms of restocking strategies.

Source : The Namibian