WINDHOEK: The local agricultural sector contributes about six per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with livestock contributing 72 per cent towards the total agricultural output.
Crops contribute 15 per cent, and forestry the remaining 13 per cent.
This was said by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Joseph Iita during the official opening of the 49th Annual Livestock Producers’ Congress here yesterday.
The theme of the congress is ‘Animal health status for economic growth – the Namibian situation’.
He then highlighted a few programmes and projects the government, through the Agricultural Ministry, had embarked upon and what Government intends to do in future, one of which was the implementation of Livestock Production and Animal Health Control to increase livestock production and marketing, as well as to improve animals’ health status in communal areas, while improving the production level of commercial farmers’ herds.
The Agriculture Ministry is also in advanced negotiations for the export of meat and meat products to the United States of America, while Namibia recently concluded an agreement with the People’s Republic of China for Namibian meat and meat products.