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Norway beef shortage good news for Namibians. Namibia's meat dealers, producers and exporters are excited over the increased export possibility amongst news of a shortage in the Scandinavian country.

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Norway beef shortage good news for Namibians

Published on Thursday, 10th January, 2013 at 13:42 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya.
Last Updated on 10th January 2013 at 13:57.

Namibia's meat dealers, producers and exporters are excited over the increased export possibility amongst news of a shortage in the Scandinavian country.

Cow portrait, Norway
Cow portrait, Norway
Photo: Ernst Vike/Wikimedia Commons


2,700 tons of meat is currently sent to Norway annually under a system that exempts Namibia from paying export duties.

Among the businesses eager to increase their exports to Norway are the Witvlei and the Meatco meat companies. Meatco supplies meat to NorgesGruppen, one of Norway's largest retail grocery chains.

Namibia and Norway made an agreement allowing Namibia to export a certain amount of meat to specific retailer groups. Meat dealers in Namibia want the quota to be increased.

'If there is shortage of meat in Norway, that is a business opportunity to us who can produce much more for export,' said Jerome Oglabo, one of the cow dealers in Namibia.

Amongst decreased domestic production, Norway's beef deficit also stems from 2011’s butter shortage fiasco, which led to farmers keeping their cattle alive for longer periods for diary production instead of taking them to abattoirs to be slaughtered.

Namibia supplies Norway with a 2,700-ton quota through the EU's GSP system (Generalised Scheme of Preferences),but the Norwegian market faces a shortage of about 17,000 tons. Namibia has capacity to account for more than 3,200 tons, at least.

“We request our government to request Norway to import more of our meat,” James Chilwa, who owns a farm on which he rears cattle for sale, declared.

Local newspaper The Namibian quoted Witvlei Abattoir's chairman, Sidney Martin, as saying that his company supplies 1,100 tons of meat to the Norwegian state meat regulator.

“We are able to supply more meat, but the two governments of Namibia and Norway need to come together to agree upon a higher quota and we will be able to supply the whole year round," he explained.

The paper added that Witvlei and Meatco have taken over some of the quota from Botswana who could not come up with the required amount of meat.

Norway's government recently raised toll import duties on certain beef cuts from abroad.




Published on Thursday, 10th January, 2013 at 13:42 under the news category, by Godfrey Olukya.
Last updated on 10th January 2013 at 13:57.

This post has the following tags: norwaymeatshortage, namibiantrade.





  
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