The Standard and Trade division facilitate the implementation of market promotions and research of the agricultural products and manages all port of entry and exit in Namibia. This is done according to the Market Share Promotion (MSP) rules which started in 2002 under the development of National Horticulture Development initiative. The National Horticulture Development Initiative has been implemented through the Horticulture MSP scheme. Under this Scheme, importers are obliged to ensure that a minimum percentage of their horticultural produce sales consists of Namibian grown products, prior to qualifying for an import permit in a given quarter or have their imports curtailed, pro rata,In the subsequent quarter. The initial MSP was 5% in 2005, but has over the years been steadily increasing by mutual consensus between producers and traders to its current 41.5%.
Border Control and Inspectorate
The Border Control Inspectorate division is responsible for managing the movement of Agronomic products at all port of entry and exit in Namibia. The Border Control Inspectorate division has nine offices all over the ports of entry and exit in Namibia that are headed by Senior Border Inspectors or Border Inspectors, who conduct inspections and documents verifications on export, import and in transit of Agronomic produce across Namibia.
Farms and Facility Inspection
Farms and Facility Inspectorate Unit (FFI) is one of the unit under the department of Standards and Trade tasked to undertake inspections of all farms, facilities and agronomic products as stipulated in the Namibian Agronomic Industry Act,No 20 of 1992 and the Namibia Food Safety Bill. FFI have 7 district offices country wide that are headed by Agronomic Standards Inspectors. FFI inspectors perform inspections on farms, facilities and agronomic produce in their designated areas and conduct joint inspections when necessary. Inspection is needed for preliminary risk assessment and risk management activities; to identify and describe food safety issues, develop risk profile and establish risk management program. Since the beginning of February 2015 the FFI unit have conducted pre inspection on agronomic facilities and generated a registry for fresh produce retailer’s storage facilities, fresh produce warehouse, fresh produce pack-houses, grain produce warehouse and milling facilities in Namibia.
Food Safety and Standards
The Food Safety and Standards division facilitates compliance of all agricultural inputs and products either produced in Namibia, or exported from or imported into Namibia, thereby promoting efficient production, consumer food safety and trade. The division conducts standard compliance audits on farms, pack houses, retailers, cold storage facilities and milling facilities.
Food Safety and Standards main objectives:
Market Promotion and Research
The Market Promotion and research is subunit under the umbrella of the Standards and Trade division at AMTA. The key responsibilities of the subunit id to: (i) Facilitate and promote marketing of all agricultural products in Namibia,(ii) Promote agricultural value addition, and manage the Market Share Promotion(MSP) scheme. At this time, we are only focusing on fresh fruits, vegetables and grains; and working hand in hand with the Fresh Produce Business Hubs (FPBH) and National Strategic Food Reserves (NSFR) division and other subunits under the division of Standards and Trade in implementing the mandate of AMTA