In today’s newsletter –
• Charcoal and Biomass Exhibition
• Okahandja FA hosts positive motivation day
• Dare to Care increases maximum allowed amount subsidized bags of feed
• FA and other news

Charcoal and Biomass Exhibition
The charcoal and biomass exhibition which was hosted this year jointly by the Charcoal Association (NCA) and the Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-Big), was a big success. It was held on 9 August 2019 at the Otjiwa Lodge near Otjiwarongo and attended by 120 exhibitors who have exhibited charcoal, bush feed and other wood processed products, technologies and machines. Exhibitors from South Africa, Germany, Austria, Denmark, United Kingdom and USA attended the day. More than 1580 visitors were recorded and the day started with the Annual General Meeting of the NCA and was followed by various speakers. The NCA introduced their new best practices booklet for charcoal producers. This booklet contains guidelines for the harvest of wood and after care as well as health- and safety measures which should be applied in this industry. One of the biggest charcoal buyers from Germany, Werner Berg of DHG, announced that they will increase their purchases from 18 000 ton to 45 000 ton with immediate effect. This will bring great relief for the current over-supply of charcoal which is experienced due to the drought. Charcoal production increased with 33% the past year and it is expected that Namibia will export more than 200 000ton charcoal this year. Together with the production of bush feed, which many farmers have started this year, the charcoal and bush feed production on commercial farms is responsible for creating thousands of new job opportunities.

Okahandja FA hosts positive motivation day
A very positive motivation day was held by Okahandja FA this week with the assistance of Pieter Cronje, an international strategy consultant. The main theme of the day was how the agricultural sector can vest a better trade mark and thus achieve bigger success in the economy. Furthermore tips were given how communication within FA level and on national level can be improved. A dialogue was held how the FA can improve the profitability of members through better cooperation to reduce costs, ensure safety and realise a higher price for the primary products. We congratulate Okahandja FA with this initiative.

Integrated Security and Surveillance Technology
The ISAP (Intelligence Support Against Poaching) demonstration of the latest integrated GEW Hensoldt SA Security and Surveillance technology which was scheduled for 27 August has been postponed to 21 & 22 October 2019. Further details will follow in due course.

Pig Producers AGM and information day
The Pig Produces Association of Namibia would like to invite pig producers to attend the AGM and the Information session that will take place on 21 August 2019 at 08:00 at the Boardroom of the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) in Windhoek. All producers and stakeholders are welcome. At the information session (which will start at 10:00 various expert speakers will address gilt nutrition, pig health management and basic piggery management. Sponsors who make this day possible are Feedmaster and Wisium – Thank you!
To attend this event, please RSVP to Rina Hough rina@agrinamibia.com.na or 061-237838. Bookings are compulsory! Seats are limited.

Groundnut Association holds AGM and Information Day
The Groundnut Association of Namibia will hold a member meeting and information session on 29 August 2019 in Grootfontein. Specific attention will be given to alternative crops as animal feed. Any inquiries can be directed to Mr Dawie Kok at bstroom@mweb.com.na or 0812616173.

Namibia Quilt festival
On behalf of the organizers of the FIRST NAMIBIAN QUILT FESTIVAL which will be held on 8, 9 and now also 10 October 2019 in Windhoek, I would like to give you a quick update about the progress of the festival.

  • Our bookings for the 10 classes has opened on 1 May and we are excited that –
    9 out of the 10 classes are already fully booked
    In the other class there are in the meantime only 2 openings. Thus there are only 2 places for prospective students available in Ronel’s Atrashii class
    We already have 105 quilters / needlework enthusiasts from the whole country and even from Botswana who have registered and paid their full fees
    For our prize giving function on 7 October we already have 55 persons who have booked and paid
    Two of the classes, the food-chair class of Marinda de Wet and the crochet fusion class of Michelle Grobbelaar were so popular that we have extended the festival to 10 October and both these two classes which are scheduled for 10 October are already fully booked

We are speechless about the reaction of women country wide. We realise that there really is a need for this festival and that the classes are versatile and exciting – the amount of registrations and students are proof thereof. Please contact me as soon as possible if you want to book or attend the prize giving function on 7 October and thus be part of this creativity festival. I would like to hear from you. If you want to get involved as a sponsor, please contact me. We still need few prizes (eg spectator choice with regard to the quilt exhibition) and gifts for our presenters and judges. Come and be part of the festival!! Elize Visser, 063 683491 or whatsapp + 27 72 1306110, e-mail elizev@africaonline.com.na.

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