The Namibian (Windhoek)

13 September 2011

Namibia: Review Export Levies, NNFU Urges Government

THE Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) has called on Government to review its export levies on animals, especially goats, exported on the hoof to neighbouring South Africa.

Speaking at the communal live- stock prize-giving ceremony during the Keetmanshoop Show, NNFU president Pintile Davids remarked: "The implications of the imposition of the levy should be seen in a very serious light especially mow that we talk about Millennium Development Goals and Vision 2030".

Davids said poor farmers got the short end of the stick because exporters charged the levy at buy- ing points.

Because of this, he added, exporters did not pay the levy.

"So please Honourable Ministers, reconsider the imposition of export levy on goats because there can be no value addition under the current marketing system for goats, as the product is unique," Davids appealed.

Davids thanked the Communal Farmers' Consortium for its donation of N$30 000 as prize money for communal farmers, and noted the financial and other contributions made by the Karas Regional Council.

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