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Beef products from NCA are disease-free

Beef products from NCA are disease-free

Maria David

THE beef products which come solely from the Northern Communal Area (NCA) abattoirs to the Ghanaian market are disease free as similar products from commercial areas of the country. 

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Land Reform, indicated that the Namibian beef exports from the NCA do not carry Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and pose no risk of introducing the disease in the market countries in particular the Ghanaian market. 

The ministry said that these allegations are indeed a deliberate misrepresentation and, the Ministry condemns these false misrepresentations and their agitators, to the extent these are propagated by any individual, group or organisation.

Full media statement:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Land Reform has learnt with dismay of the malicious allegations circulating in the social media about the safety of Namibian beef products exported from the Northern Communal Area (NCA) abattoirs to the Republic of Ghana. These offensively false and malicious representations were allegedly propagated to Ghanaian authorities by a group of Namibian commercial farmers, whose identity is still unknown to the Ministry. However, the Ministry is in consultation with the relevant Ghanaian authorities to verify these allegations.

The allegations and efforts to jeopardise market access for Namibian beef into Ghana had been brought to our attention through the Bi-national Commission meeting held in Accra late last year. It was resolved that they are groundless and the matter was thus resolved and continued market access for Namibian beef into Ghana remain uninterrupted. We can thus confirm that the Namibian beef exports from the Northern Communal Areas do not carry the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and pose no risk of introducing the disease in the market countries in particular the Ghanaian market. These allegations are indeed a deliberate misrepresentation and, the Ministry condemns these false misrepresentations and their agitators, to the extent this is propagated by any individual, groups or organisations.

Namibia prides itself as a premier producer and net exporter of free-range quality and disease-free beef products, on the back of a world-class veterinary, phytosanitary and food safety standards. The Government of the Republic of Namibia has put in place a strict livestock production and animal movement regulatory framework, vaccination programme as well as investing in abattoir facilities in the NCAs to provide an enabling environment for safe and reliable market access for producers in these areas. All beef exports from the NCAs are exported under the Commodity-Based Trade from the export-approved abattoirs, based on the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) standards.

The veterinary and product safety standards at the NCA export-accredited abattoirs are geared to ensure product and consumer safety. Product safety is ensured through the following measures along the beef value chain to enable safe marketing of beef products originating from the NCA:

  • implementation of the national FMD control programme which is WOAH approved and application of the principles of Commodity Based Trade,
  •  disease surveillance and livestock movement controls, vaccination of cattle in high risk areas against FMD virus and quarantine of cattle destined for slaughter.
  • biosecure measures at export-approved abattoirs in line with Commodity Based Trade such as the implementation of food safety management systems in line with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, ante and post mortem inspection and veterinary maturation.
  • the export-approved abattoirs in the Northern Communal Areas (NCA) of Namibia operate under the practical implementation of the Commodity Based Trade (CBT) which are Standard Operating Procedures produced in accordance with the scientifically-based World Organization for Animal Health recommendations to facilitate safe trade of livestock products from the Northern Communal Areas to local, regional and international markets.

The above, water-tight product safety protocols are an assurance to our markets, at home and abroad, that Namibian livestock products, from NCAs or the rest of the country, subscribe to the highest standards of WOAH. The allegations being purported in the media, and to the extent actual propagation has occurred, should be perceived for what they are; false and desperate posturing by disgruntled entities hell-bent to disrupt market access for products from the NCA. The Ministry condemns these divisive elements and their tendencies and warns any such individual and/or groupings to cease propagating false information and misrepresentation forthwith. The Ministry exercises an open door policy and any such individual concerned about Namibian livestock product safety has an unfettered opportunity to approach the Ministry with the necessary factual evidence.

The Ministry wishes to assure the Ghanaian market, all our markets and the Namibian public that the Namibian beef products from the NCA abattoirs are as disease-free as similar products from commercial areas of the country. Notably, the Government of the Republic of Namibia wishes to applaud and renew its compliments to the Government and people of the Republic of Ghana for the implementation of the agreement on cooperation and trade in the field of agriculture and for debunking these false representation.

Let it be noted now and going forward that Namibia does not compromise on product and consumer safety. The products exported under Commodity Based Trade comply with strict veterinary, sanitary and phytosanitary procedures of world-class calibre.

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