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The Namibian Agronomic Board

The Agronomic Industry Act, Act 20 of 1992, makes provision for the establishment of the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB), with certain powers and obligations as stipulated in the Act. Section 4(1) of the Act makes provision for the appointment of Board members for a period not exceeding three years as outlined in section 5(1)(b) thereof.

In addition to the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s governance under the Agronomic Industry Act, the NAB will also be monitored by the State Owned Enterprises Act, Act 149 of 2006. This Act came into existence on 14 September 2006.

The SOE Governance Act makes provision for the Governance Council to:

  • Determine the number of Board members, with due regard to stipulations provided for in the Agronomic Industry Act;
  • Determine the requisite qualifications, experience or skills of persons to be eligible for appointment as Board members; and,
  • Advise the portfolio Minister on:
    • persons to be considered for appointment;
    • the appointment of the Chair and Deputy-chair; and,
    • the removal of any member of the Board from his/her term of office.

Advisory Committees

The scope of duties of the NAB is broad and includes a variety of different sectors within the agronomic industry. For that reason, the Board has established a number of internal sectoral advisory committees, making recommendations to the Overall Advisory Committee. The Overall Advisory Committee and the Financial Management Advisory Committee are the overarching bodies comprising experts within the specific sectors who consider and deliberate on relevant issues for recommendations to be made to the Board. The pre-deliberation and resulting recommendations effectively assist the Board in making optimum industry decisions.

To view the overall and sectoral advisory committees structure, please download the PDF.

Profile | Vision | Mission | Motto

Profile
In terms of section 9 of the Agronomic Industry Act, the objectives of the Namibian Agronomic Board are to promote the agronomic industry and to facilitate the production, marketing and processing of controlled products in Namibia.

The vision of the Namibian Agronomic Board is to be a leading promoter of a vibrant agronomic industry.

The mission of the Namibian Agronomic Board is to develop and promote a sustainable and diverse agronomic industry through management, facilitation, advice and regulation.

The motto of the Namibian Agronomic Board is to create a marketing environment that is conducive to growing and processing crops in Namibia

Financing

The operations and activities of the NAB are financed by the levies paid by the industry; grain producers and millers or traders and horticulture producers and importers and traders of horticultural fresh produce.

White maize and wheat producers
pay a levy of 1.4% per ton of which:

  • 0.9% finances the NAB’s operations and activities; and,
  • 0.5% is paid over to producers’ organisations such the APA, NAU and the NNFU.

White maize and wheat processors pay a levy of 0.95% per ton of which:

  • 0.9% finances the NAB’s operations and activities; and,
  • 0.05% is paid over to millers’ associations, such as the Namibian Grain Processors Association (NGPA).

Horticulture producers pay a levy of 1.4% calculated on the trading value of their produce for the financing of the operations and activities of the NAB. A calculated amount is paid over to the producer associations i.e. the 7 Area Committees, the Potato and Onion Producers Association (POPA) and the Namibian Organic Association (NOA).

Horticulture importers pay a levy of 1.4% calculated on the import value for the financing of the operations and activities of the NAB. A calculated amount is paid over to the Namibian Association of Traders and Fresh Produce (NATFP).

Wheat SAFEX
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White Maize SAFEX
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Latest News

17 Jul 2017

Mahangu Harvest Festival and Mahangu Champions Award 2017

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08 Jun 2017

NAB to recognise vegetable and fruit production excellence

The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) has announced that the nomination process for Horticultural Producer of the Year Awards has begun. The awards recognise horticultural production on the part o
12 May 2017

Good Maize Harvest Predicted Despite Army Worms

The Namibian Agronomic Board, at its Board meeting on the 28th March 2017 noted the predicted marketable white maize harvest for mid-2017 to be approximately 69 000 tons. If one would add the possi