The Meat Board of Namibia has opened up applications for the production and export of the lucrative Norwegian beef quota.
In a media statement last week, the Meat board invited eligible organisations seeking a share in the quota to submit such applications.
The quota will be awarded to approved organizations covering the period between 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2021.
“The sharing and allocation of the 1 600 tons beef quota will be done in accordance with the ‘Cabinet directive’ for the exports of beef to Norway as well as the Meat board’s Norwegian quota Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs),” the statement reads.
A quota of 1 400 tons has been awarded to Meatco for the export of beef to the Norwegian market for 2020.
The remaining 200 tons were allocated to Brukkaros Meat Processors.
The annual Norway quota generates significant foreign currency for the meat industry in Namibia.
In 2019, Meatco was allocated the entire 1 600-tonne quota by the Meat board.
The Norway quota, awarded annually to eligible companies, is part of 3 700 tons of quota-free beef imports to SACU countries, mainly Botswana and Namibia.
Namibia and Botswana got 1 600 tons each from the SACU allocation, while eSwatini received 500 tons.