WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged Namib Poultry Industries (NPI) to increase its production so that the importation of chicken products to Namibia can be reduced.
The president said this whilst officially opening the NPI chicken farm, situated 30 kilometres north of Windhoek yesterday.
He encouraged the company to expand so that it can supply the local market with quality poultry products and create more long-term employment opportunities for the Namibian people.
Through such expansion, the company will also be able to export products to countries in the wider market of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, which comprises more than 500 million consumers, and beyond,’ Pohamba stated.
He added that negotiations are underway to put in place the full operations of the SADC-EAC (East African Community)-COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) Tripartite Free Trade Agreement, which will open up new opportunities for local manufacturers and producers, as it would enable them to export goods to FTA member states.
The chicken farm has the capacity to rear 250 000 chickens, and produce 2 000 tonnes of chickens per month.