In today’s newsletter;

 

Land data symposium takes place
Statistics on land ownership in Namibia were conducted at a symposium in Windhoek organized by the Namibia Statistical Agency (NSA) on 13 September 2018. The NSA is the statistical authority in Namibia. The NSA has launched an action to contribute to the approaching national land conference in October 2018 to make available the total statistics about land in Namibia in a neutral and objective manner. The NSA has knocked at the door of several institutions to obtain the latest data and the NAU was also one of their sources of information.

Current statistics of the NAU (and reflected by the NSA data) show that about 70% of commercial agricultural land is owned by the so-called “former beneficiaries” (as referred to in the Constitution of Namibia). Land owned in the commercial farming area by the government in the resettlement program as well as other “previously disadvantaged” amounts to approximately 25%. The remaining 5% are also largely government-owned through towns, farmland around towns etc. as well as, among others, agricultural research farms and the Defense Force. A small percentage of commercial agricultural land is owned by churches and certain SOEs.

The NAU has called on the NSA to consider all agricultural land in Namibia as a whole. Communal areas where agriculture is taking place amounts to approximately 28 million hectares compared to the commercial agricultural area of approximately 39 million hectares. Carrying capacity on agricultural land plays an important role and must be taken into account. The NAU further requested the NSA to identify mining activities on agricultural land as well as SOEs and that it should not be considered as part of agricultural land owned by “former beneficiaries”.

The NAU’s land database is the only current comprehensive and reliable source of information in the commercial agricultural sector, and it is constantly being updated.

 

Public Consultations: FSC Standards for Namibia
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation which is involved in the promotion of responsible management of the world’s forests. They thus have developed FSC Standards which is the basis for land owners and managers who can claim that their woods are managed responsible.

As Namibia has rather bush encroachment than woods, a working group was tasked to develop distinctive standards according to which FSC certificate holders can manage their bush encroachment in Namibia. Such standards comply to factors such as environmental friendly, socially beneficial and economically sustainable. The said group has now completed the draft standard for Namibia and the public is invited to give inputs thereon until October 22, 2018. The draft document as well as the consultation form are available on the FSC Africa website.

Additionally FSC Southern Africa is hosting two workshops in Namibia for interested parties to discuss the draft document. These workshops are held on September 25, 2018 from 09:00 – 15:30 at the NAU office, Windhoek and on September 26, 2018 from 09:00 – 15:30 at the NCA office, Otjiwarongo.

Interested parties who want to attend any workshop, must please RSVP as soon as possible to m.moodley@fsc.org or via the Charcoal Association at Tel 067304220.

 

Agricultural Outlook Conference 2018
The Agricultural Outlook Conference, hosted by the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) every two years since 2012, will take place again on 10 October 2018 at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek. The main purpose of the conference is to create an opportunity for the agricultural sector in Namibia to discuss joint issues as well as to provide information to agricultural producers that can be expected in terms of the agricultural economy, prices and markets in the future.

The main topic addressed this year is to develop ideas to fuel growth in the agricultural sector. If the primary sector is not growing, no additional jobs can be created to benefit the rural economy. Thus, emphasis will be on identifying low pending fruit in the livestock, agriculture, wildlife and other sectors that will spur future growth. This year’s theme is therefore “IGNITE GROWTH IN AGRICULTURE – The basis for job creation and value addition”

The program begins with an opening of the Conference by the Honourable Minister Alpheus !Naruseb. Further on the program is Mr Vetumbuani Mungunda who will give a policy perspective of business aspects that affect the agricultural sector. A session will take place for commodities such as large stock, small stock, agronomy, wildlife and tourism with speakers who will briefly identify the key problems and what is needed to fire growth in these various commodities. This session is led by several local producers and experts such as Dr Joggie Briedenhan, Mr Pieter van Schalkwyk, Mr Michael Iyambo and Dr Chris Brown.

Dr Helmke von Bach will also talk about the different drivers behind profitability and Mr Arnold Klein closes the day with a glimpse in the future how farming will look about 15 to 20 years from now.

It is an open day for any producer (small, medium or large scale) and any agricultural product as well as other role players in the agricultural sector. For any inquiries or to RSVP, Rina Hough can be contacted at the NAU office – 061-237838 or rina@agrinamibia.com.na.

The cost for the day is N$ 650 and includes a full day’s refreshments and lunch.

 

Women’s Day
The Women’s Day during the NAU Congress will be held on October 11 at 07:30 at De Kayak, Tennis Str, Olympia, Windhoek. It is offered by the Gobabis Regional Agricultural Union and the theme is “Stand tall, Wear a Crown, Be Sweet on the Inside” and speakers are Sanet Vermeulen, Annelise Genis and Antoinette de Chavonnes-Vrugt. Registration is N$80 per person and please register before October 3 with Janie Jooste, Tel 081 3719252, janie@cordova.com.na.

 

SWAKARA Industry Forum holds Annual General Meeting
The SWAKARA Industry Forum is holding their Annual General Meeting on September 25 at 08:00 at the Hotel Schützenhaus, Keetmanshoop. At 18:00 a gala dinner will be held during which the Golden Lamb and other awards are made. The costs for the gala dinner are N$150 per person and please register with Jenny, Tel 061 237750, swakara@agra.com.na, Jaco, Tel 061 2909301, info@swakara.net or Diolene, Tel 063 223321, swakarakhp@agra.com.na.

 

Bio-mass Technology Demonstration Day
Namibia Biomass Industry Group is hosting a bio-mass demonstration day on October 20 from 09:00 – 17:00 at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, 40km east of Otjiwarongo. Thirty different technologies, which include harvesting, processing, rangeland improvement and much more, will be introduced. Demonstrations will be given of firewood, charcoal and much more. Registration is N$100 per person and further details can be obtained from Tel 061 242949, f.baur@n-big.org.

 

Channel 7
This week we talk to Chris van Rooyen about his experiences at the Virgin Islands where he learned everything about Senepol Beef breed and Alex McDonald again talks about the challenges of bush encroachment. Nelia Richter tells us about the upcoming Landbou Weekblad and Jan du Toit will inform us what happened at the Dorper Breeders Association the past 2 weeks. Paul Strydom of the Meat Board tells us about the changes in the sheep marketing scheme and the closure of the Brukarros Abattoir. Furthermore Jimmy O’Kennedy brings us up to date about the results of the Stampriet Show and Fouché Brand of Capricorn Asset Management talks again about finances. Rosa Thobias of Meatco tellks us about the agreement with a Norway company.

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