WINDHOEK - The production of fresh fruit and vegetables in Namibia is on the increase. According to statistics from the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB), the national turnover of fresh produce increased in value from N$ 55million in the third quarter of 2013 to N$ 87 million in the third quarter of 2014. During the same period in 2014, 52 % of the fresh fruit and vegetables consumed in Namibia were produced locally. This feat is attributed to borders being closed for the import of onions and potatoes under the provisions made for a Special Potato and Onion Scheme. “The agronomic sector in our country is seeing tremendous growth and the role of the Namibian Agronomic Board in creating an environment for the sector to thrive has been very important. This is evident in the way that locally produced potatoes and onions are marketed,” says Fidelis Mwazi, previously the National Horticulture Manager at the NAB. Mwazi makes reference to the Special Potato and Onion Agreement that was concluded between the Potato and Onion Producers Association (POPA) and the Namibian Association of Traders in Fresh Produce (NATFP) in November 2013. The Agreement was implemented on 1 April 2014 with the objectives of:
- Providing marketing assurance to the local potato and onion production industry;
- Providing a consistent and continued availability of potatoes and onions in the Namibian market, and specifically in the retail market on the basis of short and long term sustainability;
- Stimulating potato and onion production in Namibia and to promote domestic sales of Namibian produced potatoes and onions; and
- Sourcing locally produced potatoes and onions provided they are the correct quality, grade and quantity.
New Era Reporter
2015-02-24 13:52:27 3 years ago