Wheat

Wheat is a winter crop, and can therefore only be produced in Namibia, under irrigation. As a result, this crop is not affected by Namibia’s erratic rainfall. Wheat is normally planted during June / July and harvested between November and December every year.

Wheat is produced at the Hardap Irrigation Scheme near Mariental in the south, and along the Okavango River in the Kavango Region, at the following projects / schemes:

  • Musese
  • Sikondo
  • Uvungu-Vungu
  • Ndonga Lilena
  • Mashare
  • Shitemo
  • Shadikongoro

Etunda Irrigation Project in the Omusati Region also plants wheat for its own milling purposes.

Smaller quantities of wheat are produced by commercial irrigation producers in the Otavi, Kombat, Tsumeb and Abenab areas.

Namibian wheat price applicable from 1 November 2017 until 31 January 2018:

  • N$ 5 178.13 for wheat B1 delivered mill-door
  • N$ 5 082.13 for wheat B2 delivered mill-door
  • N$ 4 986.13 for wheat B3 delivered mill-door


Wheat produced and marketed 2016 – 2017

Area Planted (ha) Expected harvest (ton) Marketed harvest (ton)
Hardap 700 4200 5035
Maize Triangle 89 447 1322
Kavango Projects 983 4447 3727
Omusati 60 240 345
Total 1832 9334 10429

 

Wheat: Local production, imports and exports, domestic consumption and grain prices

Financial Year Area planted (ha) Local production marketed (t) Grain imported (t) Flour exports (t) Flour exports: equivalent of grain (t) Netto domestic consumption (t) Floor Price (N$)
2006/7 2,136 12,312 58,227 85 77 70,462 1,855.18
2007/8 2,369 12,113 61,665 4,623 4,161 69,617 3,065.90
2008/9 2,734 11,626 51,014 5,543 4,989 57,651 3,466.07
2009/10 1,852 12,448 64,661 500 450 76,659 2,716.35
2010/11 2,389 10,038 69,519 0 0 79,557 2,699.74
2011/12 2,136 11,930 84,543 11,100 9,990 86,483 3,138.49
2012/13 2,314 14,819 87,726 1,000 900 101,654 3,947.95
2013/14 2,198 11,312 85,257 2,644 1,983 94,586 4,197.02
2014/15 2,032 11,600 103,035 0 0 114,635 3,923.11
2015/16 2,077 11,411 95,190 0 0 106,601 4,624.84
2016/17 1,832 10,429 - - - - 4,849.59
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