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Author: Helmke Sartorius von Bach

Niche markets offer a more lucrative future to Namibian free-range meat producers

By Dr HJ Sartorius von Bach Consulting agricultural economist For the past decades, Namibian livestock farmers (red meat, mutton and game) have been experiencing a profitability decline in real terms, often referred to as the cost price squeeze effect, and highlighted in many popular articles. The farmers’ revenue did not respond to global changes. It is alarming to observe that livestock production had to continue at the cost of the natural environment, which affected the economy, job creation, and other downstream activities. However, the financial decline of the livestock sector is the result of many factors, which should not...

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