Top horticulture producer of year

07-10-2019    19:56   |    The Namibian

THE Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) held the annual national horticulture awards on 24 September 2019 in Windhoek.

The annual event is to honour outstanding hard work, innovation and ingenuity of horticulture producers and traders in their efforts to provide the Namibian market with locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables.
This year's awards were held in Windhoek as opposed to previous years when they were hosted in conjunction with the National Horticulture Day, a full day event held in the region of the winner of any of the small, medium or large-scale categories.
The decision was to cut costs in the face of the drought currently ravaging the country.
Speaking at the occasion, the NAB National Horticulture Task Teamchairperson, Nico van der Merwe, highlighted the positive developments, such as the increase of the horticulture Market Share Promotion scheme from 5% in 2005 to current 47% threshold in the 2018/19 financial year.
The MSP requires all traders, retailers and caterers to buy a minimum of 47% of all their fresh fruits and vegetables locally, in a given period, before they can be issued with import permits.
NAB chairperson Michael Iyambo told the event: “The NAB has put mechanisms in place to closely monitor the compliance of all importers of horticulture produce, and to ensure that the agreed minimum of 47% local procurement is extensively adhered to.”
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Photo by Staff Reporter, The Namibian

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