Pork scheme increases production by 57%

20 December 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

A 57% increase in pork production has been observed since the introduction of the Pork Market Share Promotion Scheme (PMSPS), which was implemented in 2012.

The number of pigs slaughtered in Namibia has increased from 35 910 in 2012 to 44 885 last year.

This year, 36 847 pigs were slaughtered from January to October.

“Despite variability in prices and challenges with increasing feed costs, the pork sector has been stable in terms of production,” the Namibia Agricultural Union said.

Evidently, the pork scheme has stabilised the pork sector, the union added.

“Therefore, Namibia should look more into investing in the sector to realise its full potential.”

The PMSPS is aimed at ensuring that cheaper imports do not deprive local producers of their market.

Production costs are higher in Namibia than in South Africa, mainly because of easier access to significantly cheaper feed in the neighbouring country.

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