Namibia’s agricultural sector minimum wage to rise 18 percent


Namibia’s current agricultural sector minimum wage of 2017 will be increased by 18 percent as from Jan. 1, 2022, the country’s Agricultural Labor Forum (NALF) announced Tuesday.

The basic wage of a farmworker consists of a cash wage and a rations component. So the minimum cash wage will increase to 5.40 Namibia dollars (about 36 U.S. cents) per hour, or 1,053 Namibia dollars per month for a worker who works 45 hours per week, the NALF said in a statement.

“For those who do not receive the free rations portion, the ration allowance increases to 600 Namibia dollars per month. Thus, the value of the minimum basic wage of farmworkers will be 1,653 per month as from Jan. 1, 2022,” the NALF said.

According to the NALF, the minimum wage in the agricultural sector is just an entry-level wage meant for young farmworkers without previous experience.

“The actual salaries paid to farmworkers with experience are much higher. We believe that most workers on farms are better off than general workers in other industries as farmworkers usually get free housing, rations, water, electricity and firewood while workers in other industries have to utilize the bulk of their salaries for these commodities,” the NALF added.

NALF is a platform for collective bargaining minimum wage in the agricultural sector. Enditem

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