Namibia: Illegal Egg Dumping Threatens Poultry Farmers

A recent report on agriculture and aquaculture says the alarming issue of illegal egg dumping, disguised as in-transit exports, poses a significant risk to local poultry farmers in Namibia.

The report by Simonis Storm Securities says the Oshikango border is the primary hotspot for such illicit trade, adding that this is a serious threat to the livelihoods of domestic poultry farmers.

“Despite Namibia’s self-sufficiency in local egg production, the dumping activities conducted by Zambian farmers continue to undermine the sector’s stability.

“Zambian truck [drivers], arriving for export purposes at the port of Walvis Bay, are illicitly selling eggs within Namibia,” Simonis Storm says.

The report says the Poultry Association of Namibia has urged the government to implement stricter border controls to combat this issue effectively.

However, concrete action has not been taken, leaving local egg producers vulnerable to the risks associated with illegal trade.

The report also highlights the dominant presence of Waldschmidt Eggs in the local poultry industry, estimated to hold approximately 75% of the market share.

“Nevertheless, even with this significant share, the industry faces challenges due to rising production costs, which have surged by 22% over the past year,” Simonis Storm says.

Moreover, the poultry sector faces heightened competition in both the egg and broiler segments. The pandemic has spurred numerous new operations as individuals seek sideline businesses.