Namibian Beef Could Enter Hong Kong Market in November

Namibia might start exporting beef to Hong Kong later this year, Namibia’s Honorary Consul in Hong Kong Henry Chan says.

Chan made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Hage Geingob last week.

He said there is a possibility that Namibia might start exporting beef to Hong Kong as from November and added that a team of government officials will visit Namibia in August this year to check on the condition of farms and abattoirs in the country. In response to this, Geingob said officials will be impressed by what the country has to offer.

Namibia exports most of its beef to the European Union (EU), but is now turning its attention to the fast-growing Asian market, especially China.

Exporters are interested not just in the size of the Chinese market, but also in its different tastes.

In Europe, the preference is for steak and premium products, but in China, consumers buy all cuts – including offal.

The country’s top meat producer, Meatco, slaughtered 116 912 cattle in 20132014 compared to 107 186 the previous year. Meatco exports to Europe and neighbouring countries and has been active in expanding its existing markets both nationally and internationally.

Other meat exporters are Witvlei Meat and Brukkaros Meat Processors.

Chan also said Namibian oysters are doing ‘very well’ in Hong Kong. He urged Namibians to start exporting more oysters to the region, especially in November and December.

He said Namibia could take over a portion of the French and American market for oysters in Hong Kong.

“During the Christmas holidays in December in Hong Kong there is a big demand and lack of oysters in the region, which America and France cannot fulfill,” he said.

Chan said oyster imports into Hong Kong from France and America have been affected by viral infections, and that the Hong Kong Food Health department has thus placed limits on such imports.

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China.

Chan was in Namibia to attend the Heads of Mission conference that ended in Swakopmund on Friday.

The conference took place under the theme ‘Enhancing economic diplomacy in pursuance of Namibia’s foreign policy’.


Source : The Namibian