The European Union, which is the largest consumer of South African ostrich meat, has…

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The European Union, which is the largest consumer of South African ostrich meat, has lifted the ban on ostrich imports. The decision lifts the ban imposed last year. The ban was implemented because the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ residue testing procedures did not meet the EU’s requirements. The Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, says the EU is the largest market for Western Cape produced ostrich meat and the ban, coupled with extreme drought in the Southern Cape and Karoo regions, has severely impacted the ostrich industry. She says the resumption of meat trade will help to ease the pressure that ostrich farmers in the province have been experiencing in recent years. South Africa currently holds around 75 percent of the global ostrich market share, with 80 percent of the country’s ostrich meat coming from the Western Cape.


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