Borders closed for Mahangu and white maize imports
The Ministry of Agriculture has announced that Namibia will be closing its borders to Mahangu and white maize import until further notice.
This is because there are currently 55 656 metric tons of white maize that have been marketed while Mahangu producers are holding 83 500 metric tons of the grain of which 3 600 metric tons have been registered for formal marketing.
Currently, only 1 361.59 metric tons of the Mahangu produce has been marketed while 2 200 metric tons has been unmarketed, the Permanent Secretary within the ministry, Percy Misika said.
“The Government established the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency to procure grains from the local producers for the National Strategic Food Reserve in order to support national food security. AMTA will through the radio inform producers willing to sell Mahangu to register with AMTA or to deliver their surplus Mahangu grain directly to the NSF,” he said.
Misika also said that the ministry promoted the production of pearl millet and white maize through the implementation of the Dry Land Crop Production and the Comprehensive Conservation Agriculture Programs during the 2018/2019 cropping season in order to ensure food security at both household and national levels.
“AMTA will procure the available surplus Mahangu grain. The Ministry and its agencies NAB, AMTA and AGRIBUSDEV will continue working with all offices, ministries and agencies as well as external stakeholders with a view to finalizing an implementation mechanism for the operationalisation of the 2nd National Land Conference Resolution on using Government Institution’s purchasing power to provide a sustainable market for locally produced agricultural product,” he said.