Meat production profitable again

23 December 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

Primary meat product prices have increased by 30 to 40% over the last few years, enabling profitable meat production again.

This is according to the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) executive manager Roelie Venter, who said in his festive season message that agriculture in Namibia is in a better place than a few years ago, with farmers reinvesting to increase their production.

Venter said that 2021 started off with good rainfall and enthusiasm and they were looking forward to a normal year, only to have Covid-19 derail a large part of their planning yet again.

“Fortunately, we were able to adjust and proceed as normally as possible, holding virtual meetings to obtain input from the executive council and keep everyone informed at less cost and risk.”

For the second consecutive year, regional meetings were held instead of a national congress, with a very positive participation at regional level.

He further expressed thanks to members of the NAU, all farmers' association management members who make a difference in their communities, the executive council, the managers of the affiliations and also the secretariat for their dedication, professionalism and support.

Venter added that the NAU's vision is to create an enabling environment for sustainable agricultural growth through building human capacity, developing synergy between role players, pursuing profitability for farmers, and managing our natural resources sustainably.

Good rains

Meanwhile, the president of the Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO), Piet Gouws, said in his message that generally good rainfall favoured agriculture, resulting in a significantly better farming year than the previous seven years (2013-2019).

“Prices also compensated for reduced marketing. However, we have not been spared pests and plagues and we must once again brace ourselves for surprises in this regard, including the dark clouds of exploration efforts.”

Gouws said he was excited about agriculture in 2022 as there were many initiatives and activities at production and policy level.

“The NAU’s and LPO’s honest vision for agriculture in national interest, without hidden agendas, is starting to bear fruit.”

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