Implementation of the inputs subsidy scheme

Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry

Modalities for the implementations of the inputs (seeds & fertilisers) subsidy scheme for the dry land commercial, affirmative action loan scheme and resettled crop producers

1.) Introduction:

Cabinet directed the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry (MAWF) to implement the following drought relief measures to all Resettled, Afffirmative Action Loan Scheme (AALS) and Commercial farmers.

To this effect, the Ministry has approved the following modalities for the implementation of the inputs subsidy scheme. This subsidy will allow dry land crop farmers south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF), namely Omaheke Region, Otjozondjupa Region and souther part of Oshikoto Region, to purchase maize, pearl millet, bean and groundnuts seeds and fertilisers from registered supplies within Namibia.

The Ministry tasked the Agro Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) to implement this scheme. AMTA officials were previously involved in the administration of the previous similar scheme and thus have the necessary experience to handles this scheme. The Directorate of Agriculture Production, Extension and Engineering Services (DAPEES) and Directorate of Agricultural Research and Development (DARD) staff in regional offices, AMTA field staff, as well as the constituency offices will also be involved in the implementation of this scheme.

2.) Objective:

To assist farmers in cropping areas (Resettled, AALS and Commercial) south of the VCF (Omaheke Region, Otjozondjupa Region and southern part of Oshikoto Region) through the provision fo subsidiesd inputs (seeds and fertilizers).

3.) Target Groups:

The scheme is targeting all dry-land maize, pearl millet and groundnut farmers who are located south of the VCF which includes Resettled, AALS and Commercial farmers in Omaheke Region, Otjozondjupa Region and southern part of Oshikoto Region.

4.) Qualifying Criteria:

All proven dryland (rainfed) crop farmers need to register at the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB), DAPEES, DARD, AMTA regional offices, as well as at Constituency offices where applicable.

Farmers who are committed to produce dryland (rainfed) maize, pearl millet been and ground nuts during the current rainy season.

Proof to be provided for expenditures of input cost (maize seeds, pearl millet seeds, groundnuts seeds and fertilizers) of the current planting/harvesting season, or sworn declaration thereof.

5.) Subsidy Conditions:

This subsidy only applies to maize, pearl millet, bean and groundnut seeds as well as related fertilisers.

The susidy will cover 50% of the input cost per hectare (maize, pearl millet, groundnut, bean seeds and fertilisers) for the current season.

Farmers will be subsidised up to a maximum of 50ha.

The vouchers are not transferable into cash or from one farmer to another.

The beneficiary will only benefit once from the subsidy scheme.

6.) Supplier Qualifying Criteria:

All existing maize seed, pearl millet seed, groundnut seed, bean seed and fertiliser suppliers must provide the following documents:

-Good Standing Certificate from the Social Security Commission and the Ministry of Finance -Company Registration -Affirmative Action Compliance

Prospective suppliers should register with AMTA to participate in the scheme.

The supplier should have the capacity to supply upon receipt of the voucher.

Payment will only be effected upon proof of full supply.

7.) Mode of Subsidy:

The voucher scheme will be implemented for dryland Commercial, AALS and Resettlement farmers.

Registered farmers will be issued with a voucher for the qualifying subsidy amount upon proof identification.

The vouchers are only applicable for the procurement of dryland maize, pearl millet, groundnut, bean seeds and fertilisers.

8.) Provision for other Farmers:

Other farmers interested in growing crops under dry land conditions will be required to register. Same subsidy conditions will apply to these farmers.

9.) Financial Implications:

An amount of N$20 million is approved by Cabinet.

10.) Voucher Information:

The voucher should contain the following information:

-Farmers' names and Identification number -Name of the farm and farm number -Voucher number -Type of seed, hectares to be planted, weight and seed subsidy amount -Type of fertiliser, hectares to be fertilised weight and fertiliser subsidy amount

11.) Monitoring and Evaluation Plan:

The monitoring and evaluation plan is aimed at brining about transparency and accountability to the proposed dry land cropping input relief programme. The Ministry's Directorate of Planning and Business Development in collaboration with the NAB, DAPEES, DARD as well as AMTA will verify crops planted and yield of the beneficiaries and come up with a finale report.

For more information on these modalities, kindly contact the following offocials: