Namibian farmers gain from controlled grain imports

A group of farmers in Sawla

Namibian farmers gained a significant market share for their produce, thanks to controlled imports imposed by the government, an agronomic board report said on Tuesday.

Namibian Agronomic Board chairperson Sirkka Iileka in her overview statement published in the latest annual report said Namibian farmers reaped significant rewards from controlled grain imports meant to encourage local producers to cater more for domestic consumption.

“During the period under review, Namibia imported 120 000 metric tonnes of wheat, 110 000 metric tonnes of maize and 5500 metric tones of millet,” she said.

Iileka added that the Namibian government set primary mechanisms to create an environment conducive for local production through regulatory border controls, horticulture market share promotion scheme and encouraged Agro Marketing Trade Agency to acquire locally produced grain from Namibian farmers.

Namibia usually imports the bulk of its grain supplies from neighbouring South Africa. Enditem

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