Livestock discussed at high level

07 July 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK

Representatives of the Livestock Producers’ Organisation (LPO) and the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) recently held a virtual meeting with agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein to discuss matters of importance in the livestock sector.

The LPO and NAU were given the opportunity to update Schlettwein on the activities they are engaged in, as well as to discuss with him the concerns and problems experienced in the sector and to seek solutions.

The LPO and NAU once again gave their support to the minister for his vision to grow agriculture and gave the assurance that they want to work with all stakeholders, north and south of the VCF, to bring about a better future for all.

Free market

The point was clearly made that livestock producers must be able to market in open and unregulated marketing channels that compete with one another to achieve the best prices.

According to the NAU, Schlettwein acknowledged the critical importance of the primary producers and that they form the foundation of the sector.

He expressed concern about the fragmentation in the sector.

The LPO's request to Schlettwein was to create a platform where the sector can come together to reach consensus on issues critical to the livestock sector.

This request was received favourably by the minister. However, he warned that to reach consensus, all parties must be willing to compromise to reach a middle ground.

The NAU says Schlettwein instructed the Meat Board of Namibia to compile a position paper that would serve as a basis for a symposium to be organised in the foreseeable future.

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