Windhoek-The Meat Board of Namibia has started with the process of allocating the Norwegian quota for the year 2018 to approved export abattoirs. Namibia has a 1,600 tonnes beef quota from Norway, which is to be allocated to suitable abattoirs.
In 2017, the quota was allocated to beef exporters Meatco and Brukarros. To date, about 75 percent of the quota, 1,200 tonnes, has already been utilised and the expectation is that the Norwegian quota will be fully utilised. All applications should be submitted to the Meat Board before October 31, following which the Meat Board will make a recommendation to the minister of industrialisation, trade and SME development.
Meatco and Brukkaros Meat Processors were to share the 1,600 tonne Norwegian beef export quota for 2017 after Trade Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko allocated 1,400 tonnes to Meatco and 200 tonnes to Brukkaros Meat Processors (Pty) Ltd.
“Both organisations indicated that they are able to utilise the quotas. The Meat Board will manage the quota and exporters had to indicate by July how the quota has been utilised or how it will be utilised. The Norwegian market is a highly lucrative market that increases the profitability of the Namibian meat industry,” the Meat Board said in a statement.