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Namibian livestock sector heavily affected in first quarter
BY 2020-05-22 16:27:19

WINDHOEK, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The Namibian livestock sector was on the back foot in the first quarter of 2020, weighed down by climate change, policy uncertainties and the impact of COVID-19, the Meat Board of Namibia said Thursday.

Statistics showed that the number of cattle marketed dropped by 31.39 percent in the first quarter to 64,245. Weaner exports mainly to neighbouring South Africa also declined by 22.90 percent from 63,417 in 2019 to 48,896, while the number of slaughtered cattle halved to 15,349.

Goat marketing declined by 24.94 percent from 26,509 during the first quarter of 2019 to 19,897 in the same period of 2020 due to the uncertainties brought by COVID-19.

Sheep marketing also decreased with a significant 60.51 percent to 70,141 compared with 177,601 during the first quarter of last year, while the number of sheep slaughtered for export also went down significantly from 52,903 to 12,456 during the first quarter.

The downward trajectory in sheep marketed and exported is expected to continue for the rest of the year due to the scarce rainfall in the south of the country, as well as policy uncertainties, the board said. 

(Editor:Grace) (From:xinhua)
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