Category “Namibia”

Namibia: Promoting Organic and Sustainable Crop Production

Windhoek — The Namibian Organic Association recently spearheaded the hosting of a series of conferences on sustainable, ecological crop and horticulture production for Namibian producers, supported by the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.

Julia Nambili of AgriBusDev gave an overview of the existing footprint of the Green Scheme Programme run by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and which encourages the development of irrigation-based agronomic production in Namibia with the aim of increasing food production and contributing to food self-sufficiency and national food security.

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Namibia: Chicken Protection Measures Now in Place

The Namibian Poultry Industries has received a major lifeline after successfully lobbying Government to invoke the Import Export Control Act of 1994 to protect the company’s investment against cheap poultry products from abroad.

Namib Mills CEO Koos Ferriera said Thursday that the import export control measures for the broiler industry have been in place since 06 May following their gazetting at the beginning of April.

The new measures, which will see imports being limited to 600 tonnes of poultry products per month, were put in place to cushion the Namibian Poultry Industries (NPI) N$600 million investment against cheap imports mainly from South Africa and Brazil. They are being administered by the Meat Board.

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Namibia: Project Uplifts Rural Fish Vendors

Namsov Fishing Enterprises has engaged emerging SMEs from rural areas to promote fish consumption through a fish distribution project.

Namsov Fishing Enterprises is a consortium of four fishing companies, namely Twafika Fishing Enterprises, Namibian Sea Products, Trachurus Fishing and Tetelestai Mariculture together with Namsov Industrial Properties. It is a local company in which Namibians own majority shareholding.

The company has injected N$2.5 million into a fish distribution project called Ekwao, which will distribute 2400 tonnes of horse-mackerel a year by partnering with vendors in all regions. During a recent interview the marketing manager of Namsov, Garden Hengua said the company intends to support the government’s initiative to encourage Namibians to eat more fish through the distribution of fish to vendors in the Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kavango regions.

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Namibia: Boost for Cattle Marketing in Caprivi

Katima Mulilo — Livestock sales could be boosted significantly in the Caprivi Region after the refurbishment of the Katima and Kopano quarantine camps, which cost over N$7 million.

The multi-million dollar refurbishment was funded by the Millennium Challenge Account-Namibia (MCA-N) that has so far spent hundreds of millions of dollars in Namibia on tourism, cattle farming, crop farming and education. The upgraded quarantine facilities under the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry were inaugurated by the Agriculture, Water and Forestry Permanent Secretary Joseph Iita. The upgrading work began in April last year.

Iita said since livestock farming contributes significantly to the livelihoods of many residents, it is only befitting that livestock marketing facilities should be improved. “Over 80 percent of the population in the Caprivi Region derive their livelihood from agriculture and livestock contributes more than 70 percent of the income. The cattle census in the Caprivi Region stood at 140 000 in 2012. Some 12 000 cattle are slaughtered annually through the Meatco Katima Mulilo Abattoir and farmers earn in excess of N$26 million,” said Iita.

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Namibia: Agriculture Census to Provide Detailed Statistics

The Namibia Statistics Agency in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is planning and preparing for the next Namibia Census of Agriculture to take place in 2013/14.

The project is funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with a grant of N$4.3million to supplement government in carrying out the census, which will count crop production, cattle as well as small stock at different farms across the country. The funds received will be used for services of experts, training and procurement of equipment to successfully carry out the census.

Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) Statistician General, Dr. John Steytler has assured the public that information obtained from farmers will be confidential. “We guarantee that we will not disclose personal information of the farmer’s activities. This census is very important so we therefore call on the full participation and cooperation of the public,” Steytler highlighted.

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Namibia: Ministry to Avail Tractors for Crop Growing Regions

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has announced that it is currently in the process of buying more tractors for the crop growing regions of Caprivi, Kavango, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Kunene North.

In a statement issued by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Joseph Iita, the ministry’s current fleet of about 65 tractors is not sufficient to serve all the constituencies therefore more tractors are needed to equip each constituency with a minimum of 4 tractors and their accompanying implements.

According to Iita, the Ministry has realised that to maintain the current fleet of tractors is a major challenge due to the unavailability of garages specialising in the maintenance and repair of tractors as well as the provision of spare parts. “Currently, most of the tractors and implements in the regions are parked, waiting to be serviced and repaired in preparation of the next cropping season,” Iita stated.

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Namibia: Mopani Worms Good for Your Health

Windhoek — Namibian dieticians are in agreement with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation recommendations this week that eating nutritious insects could help fight obesity.

And for Namibia they recommend mopani worms. In fact the Ministry of Trade and Industry is confident that mopani worms have the potential to become an export item, equal to indigenous products such as the marula oil and silk from moths found on the Acacia tree. “The mopani worm could follow the same route,” opines Minister of Trade and Industry Calle Schlettwein when reached for comment this week. Schlettwein confirmed that his ministry is looking at all commodities to develop as consumer-ready products.

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