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Namibia: Local company Agrinature plans to set up a donkey meat abattoir at Okahandja,

2016/10/19

Local company Agrinature plans to set up a donkey meat abattoir at Okahandja, documents released as part of the environmental impact assessment showed yesterday. The company is owned by Namibian and Chinese investors.

Agrinature said it intends to open an abattoir at Okahandja's northern industrial area, and activities which will take place at the abattoir include the slaughtering inclunding processing of donkey meat.

"The intended abattoir will be operated in a warehouse that is readily available," the company said.

For the abattoir to start operating, an environmental clearance certificate obtainable from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has to be secured.

The company said it plans to submit an application to the ministry for an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Agrinature is presently embarking on stakeholder consultations, which is an essential part of the EIA process.

The issues which need to be addressed include waste management, treatment, handling and disposal activities.

In 2014, Namibia's ambassador to China again, Ringo Abed, called on Namibian farmers to rear additional donkeys for commercial export purposes, Nampa reported at that time.

Abed said he had been approached by several Chinese businesses, which had expressed an interest in importing a initial batch of about 5 000 donkeys, on the hoof, from Namibia.

Abed said there is a definite market in China for donkey meat, as it is as well used for medicinal purposes.

The Namibian embassy was approached by some Chinese officials, who were enquiring about the possibility of the country supplying them with 5 000 donkeys.

Namibians mainly use donkeys for transportation and ploughing purposes, but donkey meat is a delicacy in some parts of the country as well.

Abed said he had forwarded this request for the supply of donkeys to the ministry of agriculture for due consideration.

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Meat producer Meatco has by presently announced that it is in the process of finalising the trading licence with the regulatory body in China before beef exports can commence to that country.

Namibia will be the initial African country to qualify for beef-in-bone exports to China. Meatco said it shipped the initial container destined for Hong Kong on 22 September. According to Meatco, Hong Kong is an alternative market for Namibian beef. Namibia produces about 60 000 metric tonnes of beef products per year.

DELICACY ... Donkey and goat meat sausages for sale at a market in Paris. A local company, Agrinature, plans to set up a donkey meat abattoir at Okahandja.

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