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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.

PROFILE OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, DR FIDELIS NYAMBE MWAZI.

CEO of NAB Dr Fidelis Nyambe Mwazi

Dr Fidelis Nyambe Mwazi officially took over the reins of the NAB from the 1st of August 2018. He is a professional scientist in crop science and sustainable agriculture with 18 years working experience in plant propagation, academic and research environment, agronomic and horticulture, project management and community services.

Dr Mwazi holds a PhD Degree in Agriculture (Crop Science) from the University of Namibia, his research topic was on: Optimizing non-flooded landscape units to support maize production, Zambezi Region. The overall objective was to use maize as a case study crop to assess possible ways that might optimize the non-flooded landscape units to support arable production in the Zambezi Region.

Dr Mwazi also holds an MSc. degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation: (Sustainable Agriculture), obtained at ITC - Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, now University of Twente in the Netherlands (2006), His research topic was on spatial analysis of land suitability to support alternative land uses at Excelsior Resettlement project in Oshikoto region.

Prior to his appointment as NAB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mwazi worked as a Senior Manager for Standards and Trade at Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) from February 2015 to June 2018. He was mandated to implement statutory rules and regulations of the Agronomic Industry Act, Act 20 of 1992 by producers and traders involved in production and trading of the agronomic and horticultural products country-wide. The implementation of these rules and regulations in terms of compliance by the industry, as enshrined in the Act, was delegated to AMTA by the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) in August 2014 after the appointment of AMTA as an Agent of the Board (NAB). Thus, he implemented various compliance programmes for agronomy and horticulture market share promotion, food safety and crop specific marketing standards, inspections of farms and facilities for compliances to Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and Hazardous Analytical Critical Control Point (HACCP), border control and inland inspectorate as well as quality management aspects. 

He also worked as a National Horticulture Manager at the Namibian Agronomic Board from May 2013 to January 2015 responsible to implement the Horticulture Market Share Promotion for controlled crops. In addition, he also worked as a: UNDP/MET Technical Advisor, for Africa Adaptation Project in Namibia from September 2010 – December 2012. The project focused on Building a foundation for a national approach to climate change adaptation (CCA) in Namibia” aimed to strategically enhance the capacity of Namibians to respond to and be prepared for climate change. He also led the process for the development of the National Policy on CC and its implementation strategy and Action Plan and also the supervision for the implementation of various CC technical studies and peer reviewed the reports.

Other Job appointments he occupied include, Researcher, Coastal Agriculture & Plant Biodiversity at SANUMARC, Henties Bay, University of Namibia (UNAM) as well as Tutor/Lab Technician and Lecturer for courses such as HCT, AAG, BPP, & SSA at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Nursery Superintendent at Development Brigade Cooperation (DBC).

Dr Mwazi also served on the committee of the Indigenous Plant Task Team (IPTT) of the Ministry of Agriculture Water & Forestry, representing the NUST and its objective is to promote the sustainable utilization of Namibia’s indigenous plant resources. He also served as a board member for Team Namibia during June 2013 to June 2016, aimed to promote buy local company of Namibian manufactured and produced products. 

His diverse training, academic experience in the horticulture and agronomy industry, scientific and research knowledge, leadership and analytical skills, practical working knowledge of agricultural production and trading systems in Namibia are indeed essential assets in running the NAB. 

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Latest News

30 Nov 2018

NAB BOARD INCREASES THE HORTICULTURE MARKET SHARE PROMOTION (MSP) FROM 44 to 47%

The Namibian Agronomic Board announced the increment of the Horticulture Market Share Promotion (MSP) at a Press Conference held in Windhoek last week.  The MSP policy was established by t
05 Nov 2018

MEGA- IRRIGATION FOOD PRODUCER AWARDED AT NATIONAL WORLD FOOD DAY EVENT

Marnus Strydom, Manager of the Mashare Irrigation Project in the Kavango-East region was crowned 2018 Mega-Irrigation farmer of the year. This award was presented during the World Food Day event he
01 Oct 2018

NAB AWARDS HORTICULTURE PRODUCERS AND TRADERS IN FRESH PRODUCE

The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) hosted the annual National Horticulture Day (NHD) on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at Olushandja in Omusati region. Each year, the Namibian Agronomic Board (NA