AGRO-MARKETING & TRADE AGENCY - Namibia
 
   
   
   
 
 

Overview

Ongwediva Fresh Produce Business Hub (OFPBH), through the Agro Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA), with the aim to operate marketing and storage facilities of agricultural produce to meet local farmers’ market needs; promote value addition within the agricultural sector and enhance consumption of local agricultural products. OFPBH started its trading activities in November 2013.

The Cabinet Decision took cognisance of the fact that, there was no effective national marketing framework and infrastructure fresh produce to support producers, especially small scale farmers in Namibia. This situation has been a hindrance for increased agricultural production, product development and diversification. The situation has also resulted in high post-harvest losses and practices of market-rounding of fresh produce through other countries, making such products more expensive upon return to the retail outlets in Namibia.

Moreover, there was a lack of proper national marketing infrastructure, a situation which has contributed to the poor synergies between the urban and rural economies on one hand and communal and commercial farmers on the other.

Additionally it was noted that there was a gap of logistical and institutional framework to facilitate the storage and marketing fresh produce, as well as their transportation in the country. To that effect, Government initiated programmes aimed at the development of and fresh produce storage and marketing facilities in the country in order to fill this gap.

So far, the Ongwediva Fresh Produce Business Hub have  been making steady progress with all produce sold through the Hub coming from local producers from all over the country, with exceptions to produce that can’t be produced in Namibia due to climatic conditions and in events of shortages. A number of farmers, especially small-scale farmers, have used the Hub as their market outlet, and hence availing quality local produce to local consumers at affordable prices.

The OFPBH has a Market space of 5 000 m².

OUR SERVICES

1.   Producers’ Guide

Commission Market
Use of market agents who sell produce on behalf of farmers for a fee, charged on the total turnover (farmer takes full ownership).

Wholesale Market
Makes use of wholesalers who source produce from suppliers/farmers on behalf of retailers (forward contracts).

Market Agents and Wholesalers
Market agents and Wholesalers are responsible for maintaining the market in terms of:

 
quality fresh produce in good supply;
clean market floors for a pleasant and healthy working environment;
information systems that meet the demands of agents;
stock control of produce on the market floor and general accountability;
safe and quick handling of financial transactions;
regular monitoring of prices, product age and grading requirements;
daily removal of products that are unsafe for human consumption;
trolleys for hire; and
cold storage with stock control.
   
  Two (2) commissioned agents and two (2) Wholesalers operate at the market.
 
Cobus Swanepoel Nam Market Agents 081 310 2794 cobus@namfreshgroup.com
Commission Agent
Terence Harty Stampriet Farmers Market 085 522 4773 manager@stamprietfarmers.com
Wholesale Agent
Fanie Becker Millennium FoodCo (Pty) Ltd 081 128 1090 fanie.becker@gmail.com
Wholesale Agent
Matias Iipumbu Lindsay Eleven Investment 081 748 5792 iipumbu.matias@gmail.com
Commission Agent
 

Cold Storage and Ripening Facilities
OFPBH has three (3) cold rooms with a combined capacity to hold well over 160 pallets at a time. The state of the art cold rooms feature temperature and humidity monitoring systems to ensure produce freshness. They also have air-curtains to prevent warm air from entering when the cold room is open thus maintaining the set temperatures.

Cropping Agreements

2.   Market Guide

Pricing
Price determined (negotiated) based on;

 
Prices of the previous day
Number of buyers available
Quantity sold previous day
Prices and quantities on other markets (Rundu FPBH, Cape Town and Joburg Market, etc.)
   
 

Trading Hours

 
  Week days Saturdays
Trading 08:00 – 16:30 08:00 – 11:30
Delivery 08:00 – 16:30 08:00 – 11:30
Collecting 08:00 – 16:30 08:00 – 11:30
  Note: No trading, delivery, or collection of produce on public holidays.
 

3.   Buyers’ Guide

The FPBH offers buyers the following:

 
The wide spectrum of fresh fruits and vegetable.
Clean market floors for a pleasant and healthy visit.
Information systems that will meet the demands of all buyers.
Market information.
Safe and quick handling of financial transactions.
Regular monitoring of prices, product age and grading requirements.
Products that are unsafe for human consumption are removed daily.
Security that safeguards our buyers and their assets.
Unbiased market management which handles disputes between agents and producers.
Credit facilities and a user friendly sales system.
A convenient sales system.
   
  Trading Hours
 
  Week days Saturdays
Trading 08:00 – 16:30 08:00 – 11:30
Delivery 08:00 – 16:30 08:00 – 11:30
Collecting 08:00 – 16:30 08:00 – 11:30
 

Buyers’ Cards
Bulk buyers can apply for a buyers’ card at the OFPBH. Contact our Finance Office at the Hub for more details. Tel: 065 232 5029

4.   Other related services

  • Logistical facilities especially for small scale producers.
  • Packaging

5.   Fruit & Vegetable Database

6.   Investors’ Guide

  • Banking Facilities
  • Retail Outlets
  • Marketing agents
  • Fuel Station
  • Parking
  • Sanitary and hygiene services
  • Chemists
  • Health Centres
  • Insurance and rentals
  • Food courts
  • Food Preparations
  • Packaging Supplies
  • Waste Management
  • Training Services
   
AGRO-MARKETING & TRADE AGENCY - Namibia
 
  21 January 2019
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