The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, on Monday launched a scathing attack on illegal loggers and poachers across the African continent.
"It is unacceptable for governments to allow illegal logging and poaching of valuable animals to continue at the current rate," Mutorwa said at the opening of the 19th session of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation's African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC).
Mutorwa said the time has come to do everything possible to stop the killing of rhinos and elephants in Southern and East Africa.
According to the official statistics of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia last year reported 78 cases of elephant poaching compared to at least six known cases this year.
In South Africa, cases of rhino poaching are soaring, with 668 rhinos that were killed last year and 635 so far this year.
Mutorwa stressed that illegal logging in Africa should be stopped as a matter of urgency.
He said the wildlife sector, like the forestry sector, still faces many challenges including poaching, illegal bush and game meat trade and human-wildlife conflicts that affect farmers and wildlife. More....