NAMIBIAN AGRONOMIC BOARD
The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) is a statutory body that came into existence in 1985 and is governed by the Agronomic Industry Act, Act 20 of 1992. The NAB is mandated to promote the agronomic and horticulture industry, and facilitate the production, processing, storage and marketing of controlled agronomy and horticulture products in Namibia through regulation.
Our vision is to be “a world-class regulator of a vibrant, diversified and sustainable crop industry”
Our mission is to promote the agronomic and horticulture industry through market regulations and facilitation.
At the NAB we strive to uphold the core values of Integrity, Accountability, Pro-activeness and Inclusivity.
The NAB commits itself to three main high-level strategies, namely; Agronomic and Horticulture Development; Operational Excellence and Regulatory Framework.
AGRONOMIC AND HORTICULTURE DEVELOPMENT
This strategic theme focuses on the development of the agronomic and horticultural industry driven by crop value chain research and facilitation for import substitution. The horticultural and agronomic crops are both regulated through the Market Share Promotion (MSP) scheme as a tool to facilitate increased production of horticulture and agronomic products in Namibia, to achieve food self-sufficiency.
In terms of the MSP, importers of fresh horticulture products are required to source a minimum percentage which currently stands at 47% from Namibian producers of their total monetary turnover of traded products, before qualifying for an import permit in a given quarter.
The MSP scheme is also applied to Agronomic products (grains), based on the principles of closed border or marketing period as outlined in the grain marketing agreements or mechanisms. Permits are only granted to processors during the open border periods when local production is not sufficient to meet domestic demand.
The implementation of marketing mechanisms for all the agronomic controlled crops as gazetted in government Notices No:35 of 2015 and 36 of 2015, as well as horticultural controlled crops as gazetted in Government Notice No: 268 of 2014 are regulated by the NAB in accordance with the MSP.
This strategic theme focuses on the execution of the overall NAB strategy consistently and effectively. To ensure that the needs of our stakeholders are adequately satisfied, we strive to keep our employees positively empowered. Therefore, all employees are fully capacitated with the latest technology and equipment to cater to the needs of the industry.
This strategic theme focuses on a series of steps the NAB has taken to develop a responsive regulatory framework that will ensure a sustainable crop industry. Therefore, NAB’s regulatory services oversee the development and implementation of the regulatory framework by developing crop-specific marketing quality standards, food safety and traceability regulations as well as the law enforcement thereof in accordance with the Agronomic Industry Act.
The regulatory compliance encompasses:
- Border Control
- Inland Inspections
- Product Inspections
- Food safety compliance
- Permit issuance
- Market Share Promotion compliance
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
The NAB Board members and Advisors are appointed as per Section 4 (1) and (4) under the Agronomic Industry Act, 20 of 1992. The current board members are appointed for a period of three years, starting on June 2017 to June 2020.
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