Controlled Crops

Namfo Potato Field

Although Namibia is one of the driest countries in sub Saharan Africa, it is possible to produce staple food grains such as pearl millet - or mahangu – white maize and wheat. Namibia also has a steadily growing horticultural sector that produces crops that include potatoes, onions, tomatoes and carrots. Most of these crops are cultivated under rain fed conditions resulting in fluctuating yield and profitability for producers.


Controlled grain crops under the NAB’s jurisdiction are white maize and products thereof, wheat and products thereof and mahangu and products thereof.


Silos at Katima Mulilo

The private sector has over the years constructed silos to meet the needs of commercial millers. Much later, state-owned National Strategic Food Reserves (silos) were built across northern Namibia to ensure that Government is able to meet its main objective of building up a minimum strategic reserve. Presently, these silos store both mahangu and white maize and may in future also be used to store wheat and cow peas.

These silos are strategically positioned in:

  • Katima Mulilo;
  • Rundu;
  • Okongo;
  • Omuthiya; and
  • Tsandi.

There are currently 17 government owned silos across these 5 sites, with a current storage capacity of 18 900 metric tonnes, with future expansion envisaged to hold a capacity of 96 800 metric tonnes. Currently, these silos store both maize and mahangu.



A total number of 36 millers are currently registered with the NAB were actively milling between 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015, the reporting period of the NAB. Of these:

  • 20 who are registered to mill white maize only.
  • 17 are registered to mill mahangu only.
  • Six are registered to mill wheat and white maize.
  • Two are registered to mill white maize and mahangu.

Just one miller is registered to mill wheat, white maize and mahangu.

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White Maize SAFEX
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