Scientists have 18 years ago bred a controversial featherless chicken which they say is faster growing.
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Beefalo are a fertile hybrid offspring or cross of domestic cattle (Bos taurus) – usually a male – and the American buffalo (Bison bison), usually a female in managed breeding programs. The breed was created to combine the characteristics of both animals for beef production.
MAHANGU, also known as pearl millet, is a subsistence rain-fed cereal crop which is the major staple food for over 50% of the Namibian population. The crop is produced in Zambezi, Kavango, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, and in parts of the Otjozondjupa region, in the Tsumkwe area.
Ever had difficulties preventing your cattle from eating all forms of dirt in the form of plastic bags, dry bones, cloths or even wire? Such actions by cattle are not unique to your herd only – it is a universal occurrence associated with diet-related problems.
The implementation of the country’s agro-ecological zones (AEZs), the carrying capacity maps and their framework database with a reliable and dynamic GIS model has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Calle Schlettwein has said.
Newly-appointed Meatco’s board chairperson, Johnnie Hamman, has promised to make the country’s premier meat processing and marketing entity, great again by improving the relationship between the cooperation and its producers.
OTAVI – Former minister of health Dr Richard Kamwi is a man of multiple tasks. After the health portfolio, Kamwi currently serves on the steering committee for the African task force on Covid-19; he serves as ambassador for Malaria Elimination 8 (E8), constituting four mainland countries, namely: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).
Namibia is amongst other developing countries in which poultry farming has become a household term and majority of farmers see poultry farming as one of the most efficient, reliable and fast rewarding farming industries.
OTJIWARONGO - The Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and private partnerships recently launched a charcoal village research and development centre in Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa region.
Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Calle Schlettwein, said government has drilled 166 of the targeted 206 boreholes at the cost of N$32 million as part of the drought relief emergency funds from the prime minister’s office.
As a result of the recent outbreak of African swine fever in the Northern regions of Namibia, I felt the need to shed some light on the disease and provide information I think will be necessary to pig farmers as well as prospective pig farmers.
Poultry farmer Vetjavi Mutjavikua, a resident of Otumborombonga, some 16km north-west of Okakarara, has shared her poultry farming experience, saying for one to succeed, a “thick skin and a ‘never-quit’ attitude is essential ”.
KEETMANSHOOP – To ensure their safety from the possible infection of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid – 19), farmers in the //Kharas region are strictly observing social distancing at least one-metre apart while doing farming duties, this is according to Karasburg Farmers Association chairperson Hansie Esthuyse.
The agriculture and food supply sector is an essential sector that will remain operational during the lockdown, said Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Calle Schlettwein.
A rangeland refers to a land area inhabited by native plants (grass, forbs, shrubs & trees) utilized by domestic and wild animals. Rangelands have direct or indirect support to all forms of life and is the cheapest source of food for livestock. Humans also derive food, medicine, and construction materials amongst others from the rangeland.
Stakeholders in the agriculture sector yesterday welcomed newly-appointed minister of agriculture, water and land reform Calle Schlettwein, saying he possesses the required experience, skills and training to bring the desired change to the industry.
A couple, from Walvis Bay, Magdalene and Ronald Vermaak (both 55) is aiming to produce proudly Namibian olive oil in the near future for both national and international markets.
South Africa’s agriculture sector has experienced two consecutive years of recession due, in large part, to the widespread drought on the production of field and certain horticulture crops.
Renowned Brahman breeder Justus Tjirimuje of farm Omusorokuumba near Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa region has urged the government to increase investment in agriculture in order to create jobs and ensure food security.
Tallismanus -Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb last week Thursday inaugurated state-of-the-art livestock auction pens for the farming community of Tallismanus in the Otjombinde constituency, Omaheke region.
Motovac Namibia last week donated N$24 000 to the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) to help curb the effects of the extreme drought that has had the agricultural sector in a firm grip.
RUNDU – The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) has resumed operations at its Katima Mulilo abattoir in the Zambezi region following a successful test slaughtering of six cattle on Thursday, Meatco spokesperson Rosa Hamukwaya-Thobias said.
Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) will set up barley hydroponic fodder production systems in seven regions under a new project to help livestock farmers in drought-affected agro-pastoral communities to get supplementary animal feed.
This year’s Omatako expo looks to be bigger and even better. Attendees of the 2020 expo can be part of some outstanding educational sessions, connect with the who’s who of agriculture and learn all the latest and greatest agricultural innovations, expo coordinator Tjivii Tjombe told Farmers Forum last week.
Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry executive director Percy Misika on Friday confirmed the presence migratory locusts in Ibbu, Muyako and Ihaha in the Zambezi region.
Meatco’s CEO Mushokabanji Mwilima on Friday urged the government and other stakeholders to speed up the implementation of planned fodder production schemes and feedlot initiatives in the regions with water resources.
Farmer’s Forum journalist Kuzeeko Tjitemisa (KT) this week caught up with Zaapi Mungendje (ZM) to get more insight on the newly launched romukongo.com website:
Minister of international relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has hailed Namibian cattle breeders as the ‘best in the world’ describing them as talented and creative who go through so much to produce one of the best beef in the world amidst harsh climatic conditions.
The prolonged dry spell in Namibia has put farmers under pressure to ensure that their animals survive and make it into the next rainy season.
Namibia Dairy Producers Association (DPA) says the recent closing of the Hardap Dam sluices close to Mariental in the Hardap region will put the country’s dairy industry, already faced by the concurrent drought, on the verge of collapse.
Namibian Livestock Producers’ Organisation chairperson Thinus Pretorius says despite good rains received in most parts of the country, more rain is still needed to break the current drought that has ravaged the country for the past seven years.
WINDHOEK – Dassies training has invited farmers to enroll their farmworkers for the first farmworker training camp which will be held at Farm Dassiesfontein, some 30 kilometers from Mariental on the road to Maltahöhe in the Hardap region.
WINDHOEK - Desert Fruit Namibia, a date farm that actively farms and markets speciality varieties, including Medjool, Zamli, Khallas and Barhi, has expressed confidence in the upcoming harvest of the fresh dates, which is envisaged for end of January or early February 2020.
Agribank urges Govt to invest in climate resilience
Country’s table grape harvest volume resilient despite drought
Agribank’s Petrus Nehale recently caught up with Ernst Groenewald, who received an Agribank Affirmative Action Loan Scheme (AALS) loan 27 years ago, and today, he is an established commercial stud breeder.
OMUTHIYA - Several orchard projects under the management of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in the Oshikoto region are in a beleaguered state, as plants have wilted, while workers have abandoned the site, which is now left at the mercy of community volunteers.
RUNDU - Poroto Family Agribusiness Farm, just outside Rundu in the Kavango-East region, established some three years back is currently supplying vegetables to supermarkets and caterers.
WINDHOEK- Despite the persistent drought that has plagued Namibia for the last three consecutive years, Kamanjab commercial farmer in the Kunene region, Charles /Urib is encouraging fellow farmers, especially upcoming farmers, to remain determined and to be more hands-on in their farming activities.
WINDHOEK - Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative to Namibia Farayi Zimudzi has urged youth in the country to invest in agriculture, saying agripreneurship is key to unlocking opportunities and growth in the agricultural sector.
TSUMKWE - The harvesting and sale of devil’s claw in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy & Community Forest and the N#a Jaqna Conservancy & Community Forest offer on a yearly basis a substantial supplementary income for their members who undertake this activity.
WINDHOEK - Rural women have always been the driving force of subsistence economic production as de facto head of families while men work in the south, and never really owned the means of productions they worked for.
WINDHOEK - Namibia is among the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries expected to receive high rainfall, this is according the consensus forecast produced by the 23rd Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) that met in Luanda, Angola, on 28-30 August.
Namibian agricultural journalist Deon Schlechter is participating in an information tour to Germany on the topic of ‘The Future of Agriculture’ in connection with the AGRITECHNICA trade fair in Hannover.
Broilers refer to hybrid, heavy fleshed meat birds that reach slaughter weight at 35 - 42 days. It is shocking to note that some consumers, particularly in the northern regions, dislike purchasing live broilers due to their white plumage colour.
WINDHOEK - Agra’s winner, Heifers with Breeding Potential from the southern parts of the country, has urged fellow farmers in the country to keep their animals healthy by providing them with the necessary supplements.
WINDHOEK - Minister of Health and Social Services and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hifikepunye Pohamba Foundation, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, said “a nation that is not food secured is a vulnerable nation; therefore, something needs to be done”.
The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia notes with concern the article that was published by New Era Newspaper as the content is misleading and portrays an image that the EIF as an institution is not transparent, which is a damaging image of the institution.
In recent weeks climate change and the issues around addressing the adverse effects of climate change have been a hot topic amongst activists, academics, farmers, politicians and world leaders. In a riveting
USA - Leading global beef exporters increased supply by 11 % in the second quarter of 2019. The leading global exporters to the world have never exported as much volume as they did in the last quarter of this
WINDHOEK – Eligible organisations are invited to apply to the Meat Board of Namibia for a share in the Norway beef quota 2019 available to Namibia for the production and export of beef to Norway.
WINDHOEK – A study of marketing systems for livestock and livestock products in the northern communal areas undertaken by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests that an investigation into
WINDHOEK – The University of Namibia (Unam) stall took top honours at the Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show, being awarded gold in the indoor category, as well as best exhibitor for auxiliary service.
Globalization and climate change present new challenges in the way in which farmers operate their
ZAMBEZI – The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) in collaboration with a consortium of partners are
WINDHOEK - The Meat Board is active on several levels to support the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) in a bid to maintain the country’s animal health status.
WINDHOEK - The Agri Outlook Conference will be held this year on October 8 with the theme “Recover after the drought”.
WINDHOEK - In line with their developmental mandates and cognisant of the contribution that the broader Agri-food sector makes in improving nutrition and food security, creating jobs and reducing poverty, the
WINDHOEK - True to the saying “saving the best for last”, and despite terrible drought conditions, the organisers of the annual Katutura Expo have promised that the ninth edition of this hugely popular event at
WINDHOEK – Namibia’s debilitating drought and escalating food insecurity will not go unnoticed when high-level talks between world leaders in agriculture take place from November 10 to November 16 at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany.
WINDHOEK - The Dare to Care Fund to subsidise emergency fodder to get livestock market-ready during Namibia’s crippling drought received another boost – this time from money collected at the country’s recently
WINDHOEK - Deputy Minister of Finance Natangwe Ithete has applauded Agribank for introducing no collateral loan products for both communal and commercial farmers. Ithete was speaking at the local
KATIMA MULILO - Delving deep into Namibian traditions and traditional farming, Zambezi Green Commercial Farm, one of the Agribank clients, is reviving centuries’ old farming practices and ancestral
WINDHOEK – Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila was impressed after taking a familiarisation tour of the hydroponic fodder technology at the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) head office in Windhoek on Friday last week.
WINDHOEK – Bush feed has become the most popular word in the vocabulary of drought-stricken Namibian farmers and communal, emerging and commercial producers are actively busy producing forage for suffering animals now that the drought has reached devastating proportions.
WINDHOEK - Agra celebrated 39 years of existence in Namibia at all Agra branches countrywide with birthday specials and promotions last Friday. The birthday celebrations followed a great milestone, the
WINDHOEK – On Thursday, August 15 farmers who participated in the biannual Namibia Genetics Auction Group event hosted at Agra Bank Windhoek Ring in Windhoek achieved an average price of N$25 000 for bulls sold at the auction.
WINDHOEK- Sakeus Kafula is a young Namibian who after graduating decided to find a niche in the agricultural sector and came up with a product that might come in handy toward farmers.
WINDHOEK -Recovery after the current disastrous drought is the biggest challenge which the agricultural sector is facing for the next three to five years.
WINDHOEK – Namibian farmers are reporting vitamin B1 deficiency in livestock at an alarming rate now that the drought has reached its most critical stage with animals showing signs that could be mistaken for a variety of illnesses, including rabies.
WINDHOEK - A devastating drought could not keep Heinz and Almut Gruhn of Otongovi Farming from winning the overall first place in the Agra 2019 Slaughter Ox Competition at a ceremony held at the Agra/ Bank Windhoek ring recently.
WINDHOEK - The Namibia Biomass industry Group (N-BiG) Biomass Technology Expo (BTE) held at Otjiwa Lodge recently was the biggest biomass event Namibia has ever seen, confirming the country as a leader in this field in Africa.
WINDHOEK – The recently held Agri4YOUth conference garnered youth from across the country to network under one roof.
WINDHOEK- Biosecurity, a list of management strategies implemented to control and reduce the introduction and spread of infectious disease in livestock operations, is often associated with large-scale,
WINDHOEK - At present, there is a wonderful and motivating interest in poultry enterprises in Namibia and beyond. In general, poultry farming plays a significant role in a country’s economy as a source of income, food and employment.
WINDHOEK - Most farming areas in Namibia are faced with severe forage scarcity, especially grazing materials due to overgrazing and drought, and the situation is getting worse as the normal dry season has set in, and with still several months of uncertainty ahead.
WINDHOEK - The Meat Board of Namibia (MBN) has warned the farming community, farmers’ unions/associations, animal feed processors and retailers as well as all other meat industry role players that the use of chicken litter /manure as livestock feed is not allowed under the Farm Assured Namibian Meat (FAN Meat) Scheme.
WINDHOEK - Due to drought conditions, livestock exports increased by 10.91 per cent with export abattoirs driving the performance at a 55.35 per cent growth rate on account of drought-induced marketing during the first six months of the year.
WINDHOEK - With a mission to develop structured capacity development programmes empowering critical resource people (trainers, farmers, workers, contractors and SMEs) to effectively implement sustainable
WINDHOEK - Bank Windhoek and Namibia’s leading animal feed manufacturer Feedmaster have teamed up to offer a nationwide Youth Cattle Judging Course and Competition.
WINDHOEK - Cattle marketing north of the veterinary cordon fence showed improvement at auctions and local abattoirs from January to June this year, compared to the same period in 2018.
WINDHOEK - The Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG), together with the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA), will be hosting what is dubbed as the biggest Biomass Technology Expo ever this Friday (August 9) at
Namibia’s agricultural potential can only be realised if smallholder farmers in the country gain access to finance. Access to adequate financing is often identified as one of the key inhibitors to achieving long-term
WINDHOEK - The much anticipated Ondangwa Agra branch will be opening its doors to the northern community on August 30. The branch will be located at Shop 8, Erf 1300, main road, B1 Ondangwa next to
WINDHOEK - After the drought, it is time for the primary resources to recover and to be followed by accelerated livestock production after an adequate lag period. Advantage is to be taken of the good years
KEETMANSHOOP – A retired communal farmer from Gibeon in the Hardap Region is now forced to keep her livestock at home as a result of the devastating drought prevailing in the country.
WINDHOEK - Thirteen years after Namibia committed itself fully to an attempt to recognise the need to rapidly accelerate access to, affordability of, and incentives to use fertilisers alongside conservation
WINDHOEK – Despite their escalating woes, dairy producers were last week awarded for excellent milk production during another drought year at the AGM of the Dairy Producers’ Association (DPA), held near
WINDHOEK – The latest Bank of Namibia (BoN) report and last week’s AGM of the Dairy Producers
KEETMANSHOOP - Communal farmers outside Keetmanshoop say they are ‘forced on their knees’ by the devastating drought prevailing in the country.
WINDHOEK - Namibian farmers battling the debilitating drought may have gotten a lay of hope last week when the latest update from Climate Prediction Centre and the International Research Institute for Climate
WINDHOEK - The agriculture and forestry sector recorded its worst quarter since 2013 and agriculture has now spent three consecutive quarters in the red, registering a contraction of 6.7 percent in real value
WINDHOEK - In support of the Namibian government’s state of emergency declaration on the current drought crisis, farmers in the northern parts of the country were shown how to diversify their income and
OTJINENE - Stalwart Southern rancher Henriette le Grange’s Namibia Farmers Drought Aid Programme reached a milestone last week Friday when the 530th farmer in the south received his free lucerne and the
WINDHOEK - Feeding is the biggest expense for poultry producers. The feed represents around 60 to 70 percent of the production cost. Thus, it is important to make sure that the right feeds are supplied to the right animals at the right time.
WINDHOEK - Anybody for ‘nude’ fruit and vegetables at your local Pick n Pay?
Artificially grown beef could generate longer-lasting and more damaging greenhouse gases than rearing cattle normally, according to a new scientific study.
WINDHOEK – Shorter winter days depress egg production. Day length or lighting periods are therefore very crucial to laying birds as lighting affects the anterior pituitary gland, which stimulates or depresses egg production.
WINDHOEK - A mammoth task awaits the Poultry Production Association to increase its production by 30 percent in just two years if it is to achieve the ultimate goal of Vision 2030 to become a totally self-sufficient industry that can produce more than 53 000 tonnes of broilers by 2020.
WINDHOEK - Two of the most sought-after small stock events of the year are approaching fast and stock-breeders are licking their lips for these major occasions: The Production Auction of Xico Coetzee on July 4
WINDHOEK – Competent and seasoned Namibian farmers do not foresee increased participation by Namibian youth in agricultural activities. On the contrary, they live in fear of the future of agriculture in the
Livestock feeding is believed to be the most complex and costly practice on a farm amongst others. In
WINDHOEK - With Namibia ravaged by a six-year drought, the Dare to Care fund is moving and shaking to bring relief to the country’s farmers amidst a national crisis.
WINDHOEK - Desperate livestock farmers are expected to flock to the Agra Hyper today and tomorrow to learn all about fodder flow planning for the dry season in a time of a terrible drought and deteriorating
WINDHOEK - Meatco last week issued a special notice to inform producers that it will with immediate effect regard all deliveries that belong to third parties as a no show and will thus penalise the responsible producers
WINDHOEK - Jubilance resounded through the corridors of the small stock industry after the Small Stock
WINDHOEK - Nestled in the shadows of the Auas Mountains just south of Windhoek is Farm Windhoek which has become a haven for outdoor lovers, offering activities for the whole family with over 70
WINDHOEK – Some seven million litres of dairy per annum has entered Namibia undeclared over the last six years, a study has revealed, while another survey concluded that some 2.5 million chickens may have entered the country illegally last year.
WINDHOEK – Sheep producers with allocated slaughter slots have until tomorrow (Wednesday, June 12) to apply for exporting their sheep – destined to be slaughtered at the export abattoirs in Mariental and Aranos – live to South Africa.
WINDHOEK - The Oshana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has called on northern communal communities to help them with funding for buying an inflatable downer cow jack.
WINDHOEK - “Our situation is dire. We are facing one of the worst droughts in recent memory and the critical state of the local economy as well as a dilapidated sheep export scheme have thrown Namibian
WINDHOEK - The National Rangeland Management Policy and Strategy Project (NRMPS) is in its last phase of conclusion and permission has been asked from the European Union and Namibian agricultural ministry to focus on the development of a five-year recovery plan.
WINDHOEK - Due to the exceptionally high demand for slaughter allocations at the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco), the corporation has urgently requested producers to submit all booking requests for the months of August, September, and October as this will give Meatco an indication of how much the demand is for slaughter space.
WINDHOEK - The reality of the terrible and protracted drought ravaging the country last Wednesday resulted in the decimation of one of the most pristine Charolaise herds in the country when stud breeders Piet
ONGWEDIVA – Business people who also double as farmers want the government to reserve the money allocated to mitigate the effects of the drought in the country for humans only.
The agricultural industry is finding the going very tough and all sectors are expected to decline further this year due to the devastating drought.
Namibia is preparing measures to protect its beef exports to Europe, as part of its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, against the possible repercussions of Brexit.
Negotiations regarding the continuation of Namibian beef exports to the United Kingdom (UK) are handled at the highest level, despite difficulties between the European Union (EU) and Britain regarding Brexit negotiations, the Meat Board of Namibia has confirmed.
WINDHOEK ‑ Agricultural lender, Agribank, has announced drought relief initiatives in an effort to offer relief and support to farmers countrywide.
WINDHOEK ‑ The current low level of water in the Hardap Dam is hindering irrigation and affecting fodder like lucerne production, which is a very important component in dairy production for optimal milk quantities.
WINDHOEK - Having served the Namibian community for 99 years, Old Mutual has expressed its grave concern about farmers suffering in one of the worst droughts in decades which has caused President Hage Geingob to declare it a national disaster.
WINDHOEK - Livestock prices fell drastically, while the Agri-inflation rate increased substantially during the first quarter of 2019 as farmers are reeling from yet another drought which negatively affected both cattle and sheep prices, as well as fodder production and fodder prices.
OMUTHIYA - Animal technicians from various veterinary offices in Oshikoto Region were hard at work for the past three days, treating animals over suspected presence of a Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), simply known as Congo Fever, in the area.
WINDHOEK – The 2019 Agra National Weaner Auction Championships was launched last week Thursday with the aim of recognising and rewarding producers for good quality weaner calves.
WINDHOEK - The Meat Board of Namibia (MBN) is assisting the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) with maintenance of the veterinary cordon fence (VCF) through the appointment of temporary fencing teams, servicing of a grader, transporting of fencing material and, in collaboration with the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU), funding audits of the VCF and border fences to determine the status of the fences.
WINDHOEK - The Meat Board of Namibia has initiated and financed the preparation of a dossier regarding the Namibian cattle tuberculosis status.
WINDHOEK - Despite severe drought conditions, cattle exports declined considerably by 26.49 percent in the first quarter of the year due to weak demand for weaners by South African feedlots who were adversely affected by Foot-and-Mouth Disease-related trade restrictions. Since weaner exports are a leading contributor to the sector’s performance, their decline greatly influenced an overall weak performance.
WINDHOEK - The pods of the majestic camelthorn tree are now more precious and valuable than ever in especially the drought-stricken South where farmers are grasping at straws in order to save themselves and their livestock.
WINDHOEK – The Meatco Foundation, Meatco’s corporate social investment wing, has been supporting individuals and farmers’ organisations to improve their plight of farmers, especially in communal areas, focusing on the livestock sector.
WINDHOEK - During its most recent meeting, The Meat Board has approved an additional condition with regard to the export of sheep under the sheep marketing scheme.
WINDHOEK - Hanse van der Merwe of Farm Ludwighaven in the Oshikoto Region was crowned Master Agronomist of the Year during the recently held annual member meeting of the Agronomy Producers Association (APA) and the Master Agronomist Day outside Tsumeb.
SEËIS - The Namibian Police Force is to launch a full-scale investigation into their own after several complaints were received from Seëis residents and farmers about a herd of some 250 goats, allegedly belonging to the police personnel of the Seëis Police Station, which has become a grave danger to motorists on the B6 from Windhoek to Gobabis.
WINDHOEK – As the drought worsens, the Roads Authority (RA) has noted with concern the increase in the number of animals (cattle and other domestic animals) grazing within the road reserves of the national road network, as well as the unauthorised cutting of grass along these roads.
WINDHOEK – The Namibia Farmers Drought Aid Programme of Steinhausen/Stampriet rancher Henriette le Grange has added its voice to the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) in cooperation with the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers
WINDHOEK - Farmers in Namibia now have new crop varieties of cowpea and sorghum that are more tolerant to drought and pests planted this year, thanks to nuclear technology provided with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
WINDHOEK – Desperate, drought-stricken Namibian farmers have launched a resurgence of the importance of studies which indicate that poultry litter has carried many southern African livestock producers through the previous droughts.
WINDHOEK - Small-scale and emerging poultry producers are about to enter a new era with Namibians’ appetite for chicken at an all-time high.
WINDHOEK - The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) in cooperation with the Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers Union (NECFU) has urgently requested the agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb to declare the 2019 drought a national disaster.
WINDHOEK - Due to financial shortages, the annual farm inspections system of the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) is now being reviewed and it boils down to the fact that farms that do not form part of the surveillance zone will only receive farm inspections on an ad hoc basis.
WINDHOEK – Donations to the Dare to Care Fund under the umbrella of the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) currently stand at N$4.1 million and yesterday the distribution of 76 000 bags of subsidised animal feed to drought-stricken farmers started.
WINDHOEK – Last week’s 100 percent successful Swakara auction in Copenhagen was characterised by the numerous buyers from China who showed a great taste for white Swakara when Cui Biao, CEO of Oriental Lady, bought the Top Lot for an average of N$551.06 per pelt.
WINDHOEK - After farming for 25 years and having reached retirement age, one of Namibia’s most prominent black farmer, community leader and torchbearer for communal farmers Albert Tjihero says he is disillusioned about the future of black farmers.
WINDHOEK – The quantity and quality of Namibia’s water is continuously being compromised, especially due to changes in climatic conditions resulting from periodic droughts and devastating floods, according to Namibia’s Ambassador to France who is also the permanent delegate of Namibia to Unesco, Albertus Aochamub.
WINDHOEK - Namibia is suffering the worst drought in recent history, with the entire country affected by the dry conditions leaving rangelands barren and parched.
WINDHOEK – As the rainy season is dwindling down over the sub-region, the likelihood for rainfall recovery is virtually nil. This, despite the 48-hour light to locally moderate rainfall that resulted in up to 70mm of rain over some parts of the central areas of Namibia over the past weekend. It was a question of too little too late, weather forecasters say.
WINDHOEK – A dramatic decline of 32 percent in the production value of Swakara and an even more dramatic increase of 66 percent in the production value of charcoal are some of the most prominent indicators of the state of Namibian agriculture in 2018, a study by the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) reveals.
WINDHOEK - An entrepreneurial couple from a plot at Brakwater has embarked on a countrywide mission to empower small scale farmers and encourage aspiring farmers to grow their own livestock fodder as the crippling drought of 2019 is depleting grazing and devastating rangelands with each and every passing day.
WINDHOEK - The Dare to Care Disaster Fund stands at N$2,2 million, which means the organisers can subsidise more than 40 000 bags of fodder already.
Climate change is a long-term change in climatic/weather patterns of the earth or region.
WINDHOEK - Rabbits have the potential to be one of the most profitable livestock to raise. Their ability to give birth to large litters of kits (5 to 15 kits per litter) every 40 to 45 days and the ability of these offspring to grow fast and reach market and breeding weight more quickly than any other livestock, surely gives rabbits the edge.
WINDHOEK - The recently launched Dare to Care Disaster Fund made a leap towards the N$2 million mark and now stands at N$1.8 million after Agra donated N$500 000 to the fund last Friday.
WINDHOEK- FirstRand Namibia employees contributed over N$45 800 towards the Namibia Farmers Drought Assistance (Namibië Boere Droogtehulp) programme, as part of the FirstRand Namibia 111 Random Acts of Kindness initiative, where N$111 was allocated to each employee to assist a worthy cause of their choice.
WINDHOEK - The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco), as Namibia’s flagship meat exporter to Europe, is ready for the worst case scenario if the United Kingdom (UK’s) Brexit means exiting and cutting all ties with the European Union (EU) later this month.
WINDHOEK –Serious concern was raised about the apparent lack of vaccination programmes followed by poultry producers during the first management meeting of the Poultry Producers Association (PPA) in Windhoek last week.
WINDHOEK – More than 200 drought-stricken Southern farmers and 91 680 animals benefitted from the private initiative of Summerdown/Steinhausen rancher Henriette le Grange.
WINDHOEK - The first half of the 2018/2019 rainfall season saw an extremely poor rainfall which subsequently caused considerable delay in cultivation activities, notes the December 2018 Agricultural Inputs and Household Food Security Situation report of the National Early Warning and Information System of Namibia.
WINDHOEK - In light of the reality that many communal and commercial crop producers are once again likely to be confronted with crop failures, the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) is pushing that the Harambee Rain-fed Surplus Grain Production Programme gets out of the blocks as soon as possible.
WINDHOEK - Due to the severe drought in Namibia, Kaap Agri Namibia and Pupkewitz Megabuild have embarked upon a solidarity initiative, #togetherwearestrong, to help the most needy farmers with animal feed.
WINDHOEK – More than 100 southern farmers have applied for emergency drought fodder via the privately initiated emergency forage scheme.
The planting operation is one of the most crucial aspects in crop farming that affects potential yield. It is a time when seeds or seedlings are placed in the ground to establish the crop. If poor establishment occurs, yield potential is immediately
WINDHOEK - Unlike their commercial counterparts, third to fourth generation of farmers in commercial farming who are exclusively white, who have inherited their farms, this is not the case with farmers who have bought their farms under the Affirmative Action Loan Scheme (AALS) and who are predominantly previously disadvantaged blacks.
WINDHOEK - Namibia’s leading farmers’ unions are requesting an urgent meeting with agricultural minister Alpheus !Naruseb this week to inform him of the severity of the 2019 drought after two of the unions compiled an emergency action plan last Friday to reduce the impact of the drought, already a national crisis.
WINDHOEK - The Climate Prediction Centre’s Africa Hazards Outlook report for January paints a disturbingly dry picture of Namibia for February. The report states that the season’s rainfall to date remains less than a quarter of normal, suggesting drought conditions are likely to strengthen for many regions in southern Africa.
WINDHOEK - Sixteen down and out farmers from Keetmanshoop, Grunau, Koes, Bethanie, Karasburg and Aroab in the South could not hide their relief and joy last Friday when the lorry of Corrie Korf from Mariental arrived back from the Grootfontein area with a precious first load of 950 bales of lucerne and 100 bags of lucerne pills.
WINDHOEK - The rich history book of Namibian cattle breeding will add another inscription on February 15 with the first ever Namibian-bred Wagyu cattle selling at the Platinum Wagyu Auction at the Castle de Wildt, Limpopo, South Africa.
WINDHOEK – It cannot be much of a holiday for most farmers given the devastating grip under which the country is and has been finding itself, farmers who met last December to wind up the year concluded.
WINDHOEK - The first week of February of every new year is always a special event at the Namboer auction pens in Windhoek.
WINDHOEK - Karan Beef – the continent’s biggest player in the Namibian weaner procurement market – has vehemently refuted rumours on social media about it meddling with weaner prices to negatively impact local producers after the outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in South Africa.
WINDHOEK- Namibian retailers and food outlets relying on imported prime meat cuts from South Africa are feeling the pinch of the ban on meat exports to neighbouring countries due to the outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) earlier this month in South Africa.
WINDHOEK - The impact of climate change continues to have devastating effects on countries across the globe, and Namibia has not been spared.
WINDHOEK - The country faces prolonged dry spells disturbing the timing and spatial distribution of rainfall for almost all of Namibia despite an early onset of the 2018-19 rain season – which proved to be a false start.
WINDHOEK – The suspension of import and in-transit movement of cloven-hoofed animals or their products from South Africa due to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth diseease (FMD) in that country will hit Namibia’s already struggling dairy industry hard, while significant strain on the beef, pork and mutton markets cannot be ruled out.
The Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) together with the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) in 2015 implemented the Conservation Agriculture (CA) Component under the ‘Farmers Clubs with Climate-smart Agriculture for Improved Resilience and Livelihoods of Small-scale Farmers in Kavango Project’. The aim is to improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers, as well as assisting them with adapting to climate change.
WINDHOEK - Farmers east of Aranos are in the grip of one of the worst droughts in living memory with livestock and game dying daily like flies.
WINDHOEK - Namibian cattle farmers last week took note with some scepticism the launch of a Hungarian developed smartphone accessory that helps producers weigh their cattle without the use of any scales or yard infrastructure.
WINDHOEK - As the year draws to a close with poor prospects of rains, Namibian sheep farmers in the south have all their hopes pinned on a revised and improved sheep exporting scheme early next year.
WINDHOEK - Retailers and distributors of UHT (long life) milk have committed themselves to purchasing all locally produced UHT milk to bolster the utilisation of the Namibian product after hopes faded for long-awaited legislation to control the import and export of dairy products.
RUNDU – The harvesting, marketing, transporting and exporting of timber will only resume once farmers have have been issued with the environmental clearance certificates.
WINDHOEK - Marus Nekaro, a conservancy in Kavango West Region, gazetted it recently held its first Devil’s Claw Buying Event in the conservancy.
WINDHOEK - Practical guidelines on how to produce fodder for both large and small stock using indigenous encroacher bush species as a key ingredient was launched at the 22nd Rangeland Forum last Friday in Otjiwarongo.
WINDHOEK – Farmers must follow and adhere to the government’s “Growth at Home Strategy” to accelerate growth in the agricultural sector through governance, productivity, and competitiveness, driven by close cooperation between the government, farmers, and businesses.
WINDHOEK - Woman power ruled again this year when Loraine van Heerden, owner of Lorden Brahman, was crowned National Weaner Champion for 2018 at a gala dinner attended by sponsors, participants of the competition, invited guests and the Agra management team, at the River Crossing Lodge.
WINDHOEK - After one of its most turbulent years, acting CEO of Meatco Jannie Breytenbach says the Meatco board of directors strongly believes the company as per their vision can still be the preferred marketing channel for Namibian livestock farmer and to promote the most sought-after meat brands in the long-term interest of our stakeholders.
WINDHOEK - Smart farming principles have become the focus for some Namibian farmers as predictions point to a drastically changing farming landscape in the years to come as climate change is expected to seriously impact fodder production in Namibia.
In many kraals you would observe particular cows and heifers that are exposed to the bull but the ultimate result (the calf) is not realized as with the rest of the herd, including those from the same age group.
As a young forester with a keen interest and qualified in agroforestry, I keep my vision for Namibian farmers and their perspective future in climate change scenario.
WINDHOEK - Given that 60-70 percent of weaners that are marketed come from the communal sector, various strategies were discussed during the annual planning session of the Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) held in Windhoek, on how to improve access to marketing channels for these communal farmers.
WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), together with the Regional, Local and Traditional Authorities, Ministry of Safety and Security, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, farmers and other stakeholders are working round the clock to ensure the Anthrax infected carcasses are disposed.
WINDHOEK- Smart Farming is the topic of a discussion on Thursday at the Namibia Institute of Personnel and Administration Management (NIPAM) Executive Conference Hall. The event is open to the public, but registration is essential. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Bank Windhoek website: www.bankwindhoek.com.na.
WINDHOEK-Southern Africa is expected to receive erratic rainfall in the 2018/19 agricultural season, according to the latest outlook produced by regional climate experts, who have predicted that seasonal rainfall will be “normal to below-normal” across most of the region.
WINDHOEK- The erection of a fence between Angola and Namibia is not an option due to historical commitments but zones must be created that are declared free of foot-and-mouth disease, says Dr Alex Toto, a private veterinary consultant with a good background on animal health status and trade. He was speaking at the annual planning meeting of the Livestock Producers Association (LPO) last week.
WINDHOEK - Discussions at high levels continue after the Meat Board of Namibia has availed N$55 000 for the most necessary support to continue brucella tests for goat exports to South Africa, following a circular from the Central Veterinary Laboratory indicating that due to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry's cost-cutting measures, the laboratory is no longer in a position to carry out necessary tests for livestock and meat exports.
WINDHOEK - A meeting of stakeholders in trade fairs and expos, horseracing and communal agricultural shows is being scheduled in Gobabis soon to harmonise these three events that lately have started to clash and/or compete against one another rather than complimenting one another in one way or another.
WINDHOEK- The wheels have been set in motion to bring back after-hours auctions. Meetings are now being set up with the relevant authorities and if all goes well, buyers and sellers will next year be treated again to evening auctions that have attracted scores of attendants in the past before they were cancelled because government was unable to pay veterinarians overtime for after-hours work.
WINDHOEK - Namib Mills recently donated 210 kilogrammes of Namib Mill pasta, maize meal and rice products to students studying at the DAPP Vocational Training School (DAPP VTS) near Outapi in the Omusati Region.
WINDHOEK - Some seven million litres of dairy per annum has entered Namibia undeclared over the last six years.
WINDHOEK – Namibian crop- and livestock farmers are bracing themselves for a considerable impact on their cereal production and deterioration of rangelands.
WINDHOEK - Those wishing to donate to farmers who lost hundreds of small stocks, some their entire herds in freakishly cold weather last week, has till this Friday, November 2 to do so.
WINDHOEK - True to the saying “saving the best for last”, organisers of the annual Katutura Expo promised that the eighth edition of this hugely popular event has with intent been moved to this week to ensure Namibians the best possible entertainment.
RUNDU - Chairperson of the Kavango East Regional Farmers Union, Adolf Muremi, is urging local farmers to look into planting fruit trees on a large scale as a business venture.
WINDHOEK - Animal diseases are still taking toll on livestock and wild life in Namibia, and especially lumpy skin disease that has been prevalent in Zambezi and various regions of the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) since last year.
WINDHOEK-The Mangetti Farmers’ Association (MFA) desires is striving at superior genetics to upgrade the standard of its livestock products.
WINDHOEK- Farmers in the substantive livestock producing areas of the country are reminded of the importance of proper feeding although rain predictions go for October and November are positive albeit relatively low and highly variable.
WINDHOEK - Even though the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) does not agree with all decisions taken at the recent
WINDHOEK - The potential of utilising encroacher bush for animal feed has significant benefits for Namibia, especially during the dry season, or times of drought, says Progress Kashandula, general manager of the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS).
WINDHOEK - For small-scale farmers to succeed, herd or flock health must be promoted.
WINDHOEK-In an incredible feat, the father and sons combination of Piet, Zirk and Xico Coetzee, repeated their domination of the small stock arena at the just ended Windhoek Show by walking off with almost every conceivable award for Van Rooys, Damaras, Boer Goats and Veldmasters.
WINDHOEK - Lessons of the Second National Land Conference must be a caution to land owners about the importance to share, said President Hage Geingob when closing the conference on Friday after five days of intense deliberations on issues related to land.
WINDHOEK – The Agricultural Outlook Conference, hosted by the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) every two years since 2012, will take place again, on October 10, at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek.
WINDHOEK – Agra has introduced its Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) to Namibia and the system can now be seen at the Windhoek Show.
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WINDHOEK -Tough economic times have forced more than 600 communal and emerging farmers from the Ongombe Farmers Association to cancel the prestigious annual Okamatapati Show for the second consecutive year.
WINDHOEK – The demand for the return of ancestral land is for real, says the United Democratic Front (UDF).
WINDHOEK –The prominent issue to be investigated and actions taken at the land conference are the reasons and challenges as to why the Ministry of Land Reform waived five million hectares of land offered since 1992, rather than abolishing the principle of willing buyer, willing seller, says the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) president, Ryno van der Merwe.
WINDHOEK – The colonial wars that ensued following the arrival of German troops and eventually culminated in the infamous genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama people, between 1904 and 1908, dispossessed Namibians of their land, by force and without compensation, said President Hage Geingob when opening the Second National Land Conference in Windhoek yesterday.
WINDHOEK - Regulations for goat farmers have been relaxed for the Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show, which starts this weekend with the only requirement being that an exhibitor must be a member of a goat society and does not have to be a member of a Namibian show society or a specific association.
WINDHOEK - They may not necessarily have been between a rock and a hard place but hitherto they have been without a backbone to fall back on and a voice to represent their interests, being neither communal farmers in its strict sense nor fully fledged commercial farmers.
WINDHOEK - Previously Disadvantaged Namibian (PDN) Commercial Farmers Union is disturbed by the silence shrouding the agenda of the upcoming Second National Land Conference regarding the Affirmative Action Loan Scheme (AALS)
WINDHOEK - World meat prices will not increase significantly due to the limited global economic growth resulting in reduced meat consumption in contrast to increased meat production (15 percent) following herd rebuilding phases after droughts in major meat-producing countries.
WINDHOEK- With only six days before the Second National Land Conference, some of the affiliates of the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) are still waiting for their farming umbrella body to show them and familiarise them with their position paper to the conference.
WINDHOEK - The Livestock Producers Organisation’s congress on October 9, the Namibian Agricultural Union’s congress on October 11 will both look at pushing growth in the agricultural sector telling by their common theme: Ignite growth in agriculture – the basis for job creation and value addition.
WINDHOEK - Namibia’s total maize harvest intake has been completed and although an above average total cereal harvest is expected, a small increase which would primarily reflect the impact of poor rains this season, notably in the northwest, west and southern regions.
WINDHOEK - The Omaheke region says ancestral land right claims must be considered and a detailed study on this subject conducted to pave way for land restitution.
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WINDHOEK – Illegal settlement continues unchecked and as much the unlawful erection of new fences without the relevant government authorities taking responsibility for addressing these transgressions, maintains the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation of Namibia in a media release.
WINDHOEK – Meatco has been awarded the remainder of the 1,600 tonnes of the Norwegian beef quota.
WINDHOEK – The Production Cost Index of the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU), which determines the price paid by producers for a basket of inputs used on the farm, currently puts the annual agri-inflation rate at 2.40% for the third quarter of the year.
WINDHOEK - The Meat Board of Namibia (MBN) has been tasked by the sheep export industry to revisit the sheep marketing scheme and make the necessary recommendations.
WINDHOEK - It is time that farmers from especially the communal areas of Otjozondjupa and Omaheke add their voice to two pertinent issues that has a direct bearing on farming, particularly animal husbandry.
WINDHOEK – A total of 62 Veldmaster sheep will participate at this year’s Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show at the end of this month.
OUTAPI – The cost of poultry feed is the major challenge to local poultry farming. This revelation came during the first ever Poultry Farmers Day held at Outapi a fortnight ago.
WINDHOEK - After world renowned designer from Paris Jørgen Simonsen last year made headlines with his Swakara’s 110-year anniversary opera coatdress, shot on location at sunset in the Deadvlei in the Namibian Desert by photographer Perer Christian Christensen and worn beautifully by Carmen Kass, the Swakara Industry Forum is set for another golden year.
WINDHOEK- Stud small stock breeder Nichlas Mbingeneeko and son, Vija, of the farm Skuilhoek in the Aminuis Constituency swept the Aminuis Show clean as far as the small stock are concerned when his two goats, a ram and ewe, were judged champions while his sheep, a Damara ewe, was also a champion in the sheep category.