Meat producers in Namibia plan to slaughter their animals in huge numbers to avert losing them to the drought, a company has said.
The number of the cattle that are likely to be slaughtered could be as high as 120,000, according to the Namibia Meat Company.
The government last week warned that there will be a sharp decline in seasonal rainfall.
Mario Poolman, the meat company’s communications and marketing manager, said producers will be forced to sell their cattle to avert losing them or selling them at low prices.
However, a big concern, Poolman said, is that South Africa, the main importer of Namibian meat, is also facing a drought.
“South African producers will also be forced to market their cattle, which will lead to a major increase of beef in their market and will push down the prices. That will affect more than 40 percent of our sales,” he said.
This year’s drought comes before the country has recovered from the one of 2013 that left thinned-out grazing and a trail of skeletons of animals that died during the drought. Enditem