Meat Board Approves 'Energizers' to Protect Namibia-Botswana Border Against
Clifton Movirongo, Namibia Economist
March 13, 2023
The Meat Board of Namibia at its latest meeting has approved the purchase
of about N$900,000 worth of ‘energizers’ and other accessories to protect
the Namibia-Botswana border fence against elephant encroachment.
The decision to purchase the energizers was made last November, according
to the Board, however, the installation of the electrification equipment is
still subject to a suitable security contract which the government must
confirm with an on-site security firm.
According to the board, elephant intrusion from Botswana is creating a
significant problem with the integrity of the fence and the protection of
Namibia’s internationally confirmed foot and mouth disease-free zone and
must therefore be maximally protected.
Meanwhile, in its latest Meat Flash, the Meat Board said that it assisted
with the visit of Gatsby Africa’s Livestock department to Namibia livestock
sector during the week of 5 to 11 March.
The Gatsby Africa (GA) is a non-governmental organisation based in Kenya
that intends to develop an efficient and organised local livestock sector
with a consistent supply of quality livestock sourced from pastoral areas,
according to the Meat Flash.
Accordingly, their livestock programme in Kenya has been implementing and
testing various animal health service delivery and strategic partnerships
with large input companies to ensure that farmers access the correct
information and resources.
The purpose of the visit was to expose the success stories in the Namibian
Livestock industry and how it geared itself to being the leader in Africa
in terms of global exports, the Board said.
“The Meat Board, in collaboration with Global Quality System Consulting,
organized their itinerary, speakers, and visits to several strategic
stakeholders. They were exposed to the roles and functions of the Meat
Board, the operations of both the NNFU and the NAU, and the functions of
the Namibia Stud Breeders Association. They visited the Ovitoto communal
area, where they interacted with communal livestock producers, the Hochveld
WLA auctions, and the Hochveld feedlot and Beefcor Abattoir at Okahandja,”
the Board stated in their Meat Flash this month.