The Namibian dairy industry has been in the midst of a serious crisis for years and is on the verge of collapse because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a union official said on Monday.
According to spokesperson of the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU), Erika Von-Gierszewski, the local dairy industry is on the verge of imploding and total extinction has become a reality.
“This crisis is now out of control and serious intervention is needed at all levels,” the spokesperson said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic means that milk producers can no longer depend on resources from elsewhere.
“It is, therefore, necessary to support primary production so that sufficient raw materials may be available to the whole value chain,” she said.
Von-Gierszewski also said the local dairy industry was facing challenges such as cheap imported dairy products, increased feed costs, ongoing droughts that have affected the water levels at dams and the current difficult economic situation amid COVID-19.
She added that local dairy producers were in the processes of drafting possible solutions to save the industry.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/coronavirus-namibias-dairy-industry-fighting-for-survival/