Market Statistics

Market statistics are generated through processing of the tonnage and monetary values of horticulture trader’s invoices as submitted to AMTA. The information is captured in the Agriculture Marketing Information Database (AMID) for implementation of the MSP scheme, and the analysis of statistics. Statistics are not available for the informal market, and therefore only the trade through the formal market is reported.

Market tonnage and value
Figure 4 reports the local formal market purchases vs imports in tonnage. During the 2015/2016 financial year, 49,859 tons were imported (a 7% increase compared to the previous year), and 23,579 tons were locally sourced (an 8% decrease compared to the previous year). These figures show the negative effect of the drought and heat experienced in Namibia.

Figure 4

Figure 5 reports the local formal market purchases vs imports in values. During the 2015/2016 financial year, the total value for imports was N$ 503 million (a 29% increase compared to the previous year), and local purchases was N$ 174 million (a 15% increase compared to the previous year)

Figure 5

Top 10 Formally Traded Produce
More than 120 different horticulture products are consumed in Namibia, and these are traded on the formal and informal markets. Figure 6 shows the top 10 formally traded products in tonnage for the 2015/16 financial year, expressed as a percentage of the total traded tonnage. The products which are bought the most by Namibians in the formal market are:

  1. potatoes (39%),
  2. onions (9%),
  3. apples (8%),
  4. tomatoes (6%),
  5. bananas (6%),
  6. carrots (4%),
  7. oranges (3%),
  8. lettuce (3%),
  9. cabbage (2%), and
  10. cucumber (2%).

In the informal market, cabbage will probably have a much higher market share than in the formal market.

Figure 6

Top 20 Formally Traded Fresh Produce
Figure 7 shows the top 20 fresh products in tonnage (excluding exports), which were formally traded in the last five financial years (2011-2016). The graph shows the locally sourced tonnage vs imported tonnage separately. Namibia is self-sufficient in cabbage, sweet melons, sweet corn, spinach and watermelons, while most fruit such as apples, bananas, oranges, avocadoes and pears are imported.

Figure 7
Wheat SAFEX
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White Maize SAFEX
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