NAMIBIA URGED TO CONSIDER EXPORTING MEAT PRODUCTS TO NORWAY

WINDHOEK-- Namibia should consider exporting processed meat products to Norway in order to add value to the country's beef products and create more employment, says the outgoing Norwegian Ambassador to Namibia, Trine Skymoen.

Speaking when she bade farewell to President Hage Geingob at State House, she noted that Namibia has been given a beef quota of 1,600 tonnes by Norway, which is allocated to suitable abattoirs.

The European Union, Britain and Norway currently account for 43.2 per cent of sales by volume of Meatco, the namibian state-owned meat processing company, while South Africa and the local market account for 55.72 per cent.

Geingob said the government was under the impression that Norway was only interested in beef. Now that it has an interest in importing processed meat, this will go well with Namibia as it will add value to the country's beef exports.

Geingob said the country wants to increase the beef quota to Norway. In response, Skymoen announced that she would report back to the relevant authority in her country on Namibia's interest to increase its beef quota.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK