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.

Go to the Wheat SAFEX graph for the latest Wheat prices
White Maize SAFEX
Go to the White Maize SAFEX graph for the latest White Maize prices

Latest News

28 Aug 2018

2018 Dry-Land Maize Producers Awarded

Mr. Lifasi Munsu from Sibbinda constituency in the Zambezi region was crowned as the National Communal Dry-Land Maize Champion Farmer Of The Year, at an awards ceremony held on Wednesday, 22 August
13 Aug 2018

NAB Awards 2018 Mahangu Champions

The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry (MAWF) hosted the Annual Mahangu Harvest Festival competition awards ceremony on Wednesday, 0
18 Jul 2018

Horticulture Producers and Traders in Fresh Produce to be Awarded

Event: National Horticulture Day & Award Ceremony Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 (Full day event, including the official programme, excursions leading into a networking braai) Venue: