Namibia is set to become the beef hub in southern Africa and beyond once the construction of a meat processing plant and feed lot at the Kavango Cattle Ranch is complete, Dr Michael Humavindu, the deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development said as the construction of the facility in Kavango region will be completed within two years.
The beef processing plant will be built in the 200,000 hectares of government cattle ranch, and would make Namibia one of the biggest distribution hubs for beef in the Southern African region, said the government official.
He said the ranch forms part of Namibia’s Industrial Policy Implementation Strategy dubbed Growth at Home, focusing on value addition. Growth at Home concentrates on three strategic intervention areas, which are supporting value addition, upgrading and diversification for sustained growth; securing market access at home and abroad and improving the investment climate and conditions, Humavindu explained.
He said the government is also plans to upgrade the Ondangwa tannery in northern Namibia, where skins from the slaughtered livestock at the Kavango Cattle Ranch can be processed into leather. This will assist value addition projects of leather, wool, pelts, silk and textiles industry through enhanced collection, processing, grading and cleaning of raw hides, skins, wool and natural silk.
Namibia has a population of 2.1 million people and a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals – form the basis of Namibia’s economy. Namibia enjoys high political, economic and social stability.