Namibia: Poultry Imports From SA Banned, As Np Hike Prices


NAMIBIA’S N$2 billion poultry imports will be reduced this month after the government stopped supplies from South Africa due to an outbreak of the highly pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI).

This also presents an opportunity for local production to thrive, although it might also lead to a spike in chicken prices.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform announced the ban on poultry imports last week.

The ban which came into effect on 19 March 2021 includes transit movement of live poultry, birds, and other poultry products from South Africa.

According to the ministry, since the incubation period of the disease is 21 days as per the World Health Organisation for animal health’s standards, the ban will be for 21 days.

“Consignments of poultry products packed in their final packaging on or after the date of suspension will be rejected and sent back to the country of origin or destroyed at the importer’s cost,” announced the ministry.

The ministry has also notified all who had planned procuring poultry from South Africa, to find other ways to meet local demand.

“All previously issued import and in-transit permits to import poultry from the infected compartments are hereby cancelled and recalled with immediate effect,” announced the ministry.

The ministry said the country will, however, continue allowing the importation and in-transit of live poultry and their products from HPAI free parts of South Africa.

Namibia poultry trade statistics from the Namibia Statistics Agency for the past two years show that the country has imported poultry and poultry products worth N$2 billion from around the world.

Out of this, N$1,2 billion was imported in 2019 and N$839,7 million was imported in 2020.

PRICE HIKES

The import ban has come at the time the biggest producer of poultry products, Namib Poultry (NP) has announced that consumers will pay more for their poultry products.

In a press release, the infant industry protected company announced that “there will be a price increase from 21 April 2021”.

The price increase will be on the Real Good Chicken range (braai pack) and their other product range.

The company attributed their price hike to the increased cost of production, which they are passing on to the consumers.