The horticulture industry in Namibia is growing steadily, but faced with many challenges such as drought, high input cost, pest and diseases. Namibia remains a net importers of mainly fresh fruits, while the production of most vegetable line have been on the increase for the past 10 years after the introduction of the Market Share Promotion Scheme, which requires traders to buy a certain minimum, currently 47% of the value of locally produced products from local producers, as a condition for importation.
Production of horticultural products takes place both in the commercial and communal areas, under irrigation and marketed to wholesalers, retailers, hotels and restaurants and institutions. The local production is primarily targeting the fresh produce domestic market and exports of mostly table grapes and onions. The agro processing subsector is still under infancy stage, with less than 1% of production goes into agro processing. The main production areas of the country include Karst, Central, South, Kavango, North Central and Zambezi.
Therefore, the NAB is geared towards providing service aimed at facilitating production, marketing, processing and storage of horticultural products. Some of the services provision includes issuance of permits, implementation of the market share scheme, and the provision of information services.