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HORTICULTURAL MSP OBTAINED WAS 46 % WHICH IS HIGHER THAN THE MSP THRESHOLD WHICH IS 44% AND SYMBOLIZE AN INCREASE IN SOURCING OF LOCAL PRODUCTION PRODUCT THROUGH FORMAL MARKETS.

Standards and Trade Division has undertaken various assignments since the beginning of the 2017/2018 Financial Year per 2016/2017 Strategic plan. To highlight a few in MSP mid-term review shows that the actual horticultural MSP obtained was 46 % which is higher than the MSP threshold which is 44% and symbolize an increase in sourcing of local production product through formal markets. Production forecast for vegetable production has been done in both quarter one and two to facilitate the buy local company as per MSP concept. At the same time market intelligence on fruit production was conducted and indicates that Namibia imports 97 % of its annual total fruit consumption as it only 3 % is locally produced (See attached report on fruits). Similarly a market intelligence on wheat production was done (report attached) and outcome shows that 82 % of wheat during current production year will be from Government Green Scheme and in total Namibia expect 3574 tonnes which is 3 % of the total consumption or demand. It is worth mentioning that several changes has been made to improve the AMID system and led to the phasing out of original permit for import but generate permit and send electronic to the importer since the monitoring of the use of permits are done at all port of entry and exit using the AMID. AMID is capable of detecting the permit value and tonnage permissible per importer. In terms of data capturing, the database has been brought up to date (2016/2017 FY) and for local purchase it is brought up to September 2017 while imports is up to July 2017.

Similarly, it is excited to report that the Division managed to do the coding in AMID system per zone as well as register producers and traders in the system per code which was adjusted accordingly to be in line with the existing NHTT horticultural and agronomic zones. During the reporting period, 68 and 54 farms and facilities were inspected respectively. The basic non-compliance issues are highlighted in this report. Going forward, we will develop a programme that should assist farmers and traders to address these matters.

In addition, the key outputs achieved during second quarter includes block capacity building of technical staff and data collection and extensive stakeholder engagements whereby awareness creation was done on food safety (pesticide usage small scale producers). It is with pride to report that AMTA has a Quality Policy (POL/QA/01) and Manual (MAN/QA/01) approved by the Managing Director on 28/02/2017 and the implementation started on 01 March 2017. AMTA as an organization is in the process of developing and implementing the TQM system to help manage, control and monitor its activities and resources better for continual improvement.

We are pleased to mention that AMTA technical staff have successful completed training in GLOBALG.A.P Farm Assurer, HACCP and Auditing. Eight AMTA staff became first of its kind to qualify as farm assurers in Namibia. It is good to mention that training for table grape conformity continued and inspection is underway.

The full report can be requested at info@amta.na

 

AMTA and NCRST signs memorandum of understanding on regulations of GMOs in Namibia.

THE Agro Marketing and Trade Agency (Amta) and the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) recently signed a memorandum of understanding in support of research on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and enabling the regulation of such foodstuffs in Namibia.

The NCRST is mandated with the administration of the Biosafety Act, 2006, which aims to introduce a system for the regulation of GMOs in Namibia, while Amta is mandated to coordinate and manage the marketing and trading of agricultural produce in Namibia.
Speaking at the signing, NCRST chief executive officer Eino Mvula said both institutions thought it fit to forge a strategic partnership to enable the regulation of GMOs in order to deliver on their mandates...Read more


AMTA in partnership with FAO sensitizes street vendors on importance of food safety and standards.

Following the introduction of the National Food Safety Policy (NFSP) in 2015, Agro Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) had the responsibility to ensure that the policy is enforced. This exercise is in collaboration with stakeholders like... Read more

 

AMTA STAFF TRAINED ON GRAINS GRADING

National Strategic Food Reserve (NSFR):
On the 14th March 2016, AMTA Staff members, comprising of Agronomic Standards Inspectors, Border Inspectors, Silo Control Officers, Grain Administrators, Market Research Officers and Quality Assurance Officers, received training on how to grade grains. The training which ended on 23rd March 2016 specifically focused on maize, pearl millet (Mahangu) and wheat (bread wheat)...Read more

 

02 November 2015
PPECB SOUTH AFRICA PREPARES AMTA INSPECTORS

The Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) organized a two weeks theory and practical training for its Agronomic Standards Officers, Market Research Officers, Silo Control Officers and Food Safety Officers. The training is being conducted by the Perishable Products for Export Control Board (PPECB) South Africa. This come as a result of a Service Level Agreement that was signed between AMTA and PPECB at the beginning of October 2015...Read more

 

Notice to all importers of grain, fresh produce, fertilizers, farm feeds and pest control products

Notice is hereby given to all importers of grain, fresh produce and their primary processed products, fertilisers, farm feeds and pest control products, in accordance with the Agronomic Industry Act 20 of 1992 and the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act 36 of 1947, that there will be increased inspection controls with effect from 15 December 2014. These measures are necessary to ensure food safety and adherence to import permit conditions...Read more

 

Fresh Produce Business Hubs (FPBH)

  • Make local produce the preferred choice for customers.
  • Alter the substantial reliance of imports for Namibian fresh produce consumption.
  • Encourage national and international Food Safety and Quality Standards of all fresh produce.
  • Ceate a sustainable, community driven agricultural development that reduces poverty.
  • Ceate sustainable market linked rural economies.
  • Stimulate and support agricultural production.
  • To create a sustainable and transparent trading system for the agro-industry.

National Strategic Food Reserves (NSFR)

  • Manage national food security situation.
  • The stabilization of food prices in the domestic market.
  • Stimulate food through Stimulate production procurement and marketing.
  • Encourage national and international Food Safety and quality Standards in food storage of grains and related crops.
  • Promote the development of the private sector agro-dealer network.

Ultimate Beneficiaries

  • Local producers
  • Retailers and traders
  • Local consumers
  • Government institutions
  • Export market
  • Inter-Africa and international trade

Capacity

 
Fresh Produce Business Hubs (FPBH)
Region Location/Site Capacity(m2)
Kavango East Rundu 5 000
Oshana Ongwediva 5 000
Khomas Windhoek 10 000
National/Total   20 000m2
 
NSFR facilities’ locations and their storage capacity
Region
Location
Storage Capacity (MT)
Kavango East
Rundu
4000
Ohangwena
Okongo
4500
Omusati
Tsandi
3000
Oshikoto
Omuthiya
4000
Zambezi
Katima Mulilo
7400
Total
 
22 900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional services offered at the Fresh Produce Business Hubs

  • Value addition outlets
  • Training and Conferencing facilities
  • Catering facilities

Investment Opportunity

  • Banking facilities
  • Retail Outlets
  • Marketing agents
  • Fuel Service Station
  • Parkings
  • Sanitary and hygiene services
  • Chemists
  • Health centres
  • Insurance and rentals
  • Food Courts
  • Food Preperation
  • Packaging supplies
  • Waste Management
  • Training Services
   
 
 
           
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