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Namibia ships first consignment of beef to Hong Kong

Namibia has sent the first consignment of beef consisting of various cuts, weighing more than 23,000 kilograms in total to Hong Kong after having received approval to start exports to the market in May.

The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco), which is the meat processing and marketing organization, on Tuesday in a newsletter said they shipped the first container destined for Hong Kong on September 22.

The agreement also included the export of offal and sealed or frozen beef products as well as bone-in products.

“What makes it more exciting, is that Namibia is the first country in the African continent to export beef to Hong Kong,” Meatco stated.

“Among the health requirements that make us eligible to export beef to Hong Kong, is that all cattle eligible for export must be born and raised in areas free of foot-and-mouth-disease where no vaccinations are done,” they added.

Meatco operates four abattoirs, a feedlot and a tannery. Two abattoirs, owned by the Government of Namibia and managed by Meatco, are located in Oshakati and Katima Mulilo. They fall within an area known as the Northern Communal Areas (NCA)

According to Meatco, Namibia produces about 60,000 metric tons of beef products per year, of this, roughly 20,000 metric tons are exported to South Africa and the European Union.

source:xinhuanews|04 October 2016

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