Namibia’s beef exports to international markets not affected by COVID-19

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WINDHOEK, June 1 (Xinhua) — Namibia’s beef exports to international markets have not been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, a major beef export company said Monday.

According to Mwilima Mushokobanji, CEO of the Namibia state-owned meat processing firm Meatco, some of the countries hard hit by the pandemic have since closed their meat processing plants thus experiencing a deficit in food supply, which has resulted in a high demand for Namibia’s beef.

“Our logistical routes remain competent and open and we can still export to China, Norway and the United States through Capetown,” he said.

He said he however fears that export beef availability might reduce as farmers did not restock enough after the drought.

“This is going to be a tough year because the throughput has been very low because farmers de-stocked in bigger numbers last year so some of the farmers are busy rebuilding their herds,” he said.

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