Zimbabwe looking into buying Namibian beef

Zimbabwe is looking at exporting Namibian beef as part of the Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) signed between the two countries to promote economic growth and sustainable development.

This was said by the Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Namibia, Rofina Chikava in an interview with Nampa during her official visit with the Minister of State of Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland West, Mary Mliswa to the Kavango East Region over the weekend.

Chivaka said that as part of the MoU's signed by the two countries during the state visit of President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa where Namibia previously requested Zimbabwe to supply vegetables and Fruits, Zimbabwe also wants to buy Namibian beef.

We already have an MoU which we signed during the state visit of our president, where Namibia previously had requested Zimbabwe to supply vegetables and fruits and Zimbabwe also wants to buy meat and we are just waiting for the implementation because the MoU is already there, she said.

The Ambassador said that by the end of this year, she hopes that there will b movements of vegetables and fruits whereby they will also have beef going to Zimbabwe since Zimbabwe's beef stock is depleting.

Chivaka further said this will also be a way of assisting Namibia to be able to dispose of its animals because as a drought mitigation factor for livestock farmers noting that the agreements are already on the drawing board waiting for implementation.

You might hear very soon that the ministry responsible for implementation will be in Namibia to agree on the implementation program, said the Ambassador.

In July this year, Namibia and Zimbabwe signed seven MOUs in priority areas such as trade, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), energy, information communication technologies (ICT), legal and diplomatic consultations, and media and broadcasting.

Source: Namibia Press Agency