Namibian farmers want government help on SA animal restrictions

Namibian commercial farmers have appealed to president Hage Geingob to engage his South African counterpart regarding the proposed animal health restrictions.

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Last year, South Africa informed the World Trade Organization that it plans to enforce the restriction anytime between February and March this year.

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The appeal was made Wednesday when the Namibian Agricultural Union members met Geingob at State House in Windhoek.

At the moment, Namibia exports 90,000 sheep, 180, 000 weaners and 250, 000 goats worth 2 billion Namibian dollars (125 million U.S dollars) to South Africa every year.

Farmers in Namibia who were given until Jan. 8 for input on the restrictions have already submitted their recommendations to the South African government.

Although the recommendations are not known, the union said if South Africa implements the restrictions, Namibia would be affected.

So far, the farmers have discussed two options to focus on accommodating more weaner calves in Namibia or to talk to South Africa. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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