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The Ministry of Agriculture says it has referred the Agronomic Producers Associations (APA) to participate in upcoming Request For Proposals (RFP) after it approached the ministry seeking long term leaseholds for idle green schemes.

Namibia sold a total of 56,163 sheep in March 2022, a 74% increase from the 32,243 in February 2022, mainly driven by live sheep exports to South Africa, latest statistics from Agribank show.

The Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) and the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) have signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on interventions aimed at developing the country’s agronomic and horticultural industry.

Livestock farming enterprise objectives are aimed at increasing and sustaining production, which in turn, exerts pressure on the animal’s physiological abilities to perform.

Namibia’s horticulture farmers will experience low profit margins due to steep hikes in global fertilizer and fuel prices, analysts have said.

The Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA - SAP006) recently concluded a nationwide training workshop in the regional towns of Keetmanshoop (/Kharas Region), Otjiwarongo (Otjozondjupa Region), Khorixas (Kunene North Region), Opuwo (Kunene East Region), Ondangwa (Oshana Region), Rundu (Kavango East Region) and Katima Mulilo (Zambezi Region), respectively.

It is every farmer’s desire to have a target market for their produce. In essence, the ultimate goal of farming is for one to engage in the production of commodities that can be sold to generate an income.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform plans to issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the Green Schemes in May, as it moves ahead to outsource some of the projects to the private sector.

Agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein warns that rising input costs will affect Namibia’s agricultural production, with possible job losses in the near future.

The Agricultural Bank of Namibia has unveiled virtual training material on specified farming practices, aimed at transferring knowledge and skills to farmers, to enhance farming productivity country wide.