“This is a positive development and this ends our negotiation process with the Hong Kong Veterinary Authority for the export of beef. It is time to start now physically moving products from Namibia to Hong Kong,” Namibia Chief Veterinary Officer Milton Maseke at Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry told media on Wednesday.
The move opened up an alternative market for Namibian beef. Namibia produces about 60,000 metric tons of beef products per annum and exports roughly 20,000 metric tons to South Africa and the European Union.
The entrance of Namibian beef in Hong Kong will happen as soon as Meatco, the largest meat processor in Namibia, gets a market on the other side and procures the products that comply with the conditions in the health certificate.
Among the health requirements are that all cattle eligible for export should be born and raised in foot-and-mouth-disease free zones where vaccination is not practiced. These animals must also bear a unique identification mark, and should be traced back to the farm of origin. Enditem