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Namibia: Good Times for Agriculture

24 January 2007

NAMIBIA - The 2007 agricultural outlook for Namibia is positive according to the President of the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU), Raimar von Hase.

Despite having to wait for rains, farmers and producers in the agricultural industry could expect a bright year ahead, he said yesterday.

Von Hase said that with the current good beef prices, cattle farmers could look forward to improved incomes from their production.

Although beef prices have been fairly low in the past, since September 2005 beef prices rose by a satisfactory level of 40 percent.

"I am very confident that we will be able to maintain these price levels and we can expect a significant rise for both beef and lamb producers.

"The lower prices in the past had made cattle farmers quite despondent, but now things are looking up again," explained Von Hase.

Although it is not a cut and dried issue yet, indications are that Namibia will be able to export its lamb products on the bone to the lucrative market of the European Union (EU).

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Source: allAfrica.com


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