Friday, September 28, 2012

Another Biodiversity Conservation Award for Namibia

A Dandelion flower  with its 3 dimensional appearance... an ideal  representation of the hyper-dimensional nature of holistic biodiversity conservation

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Namibia Association of Community-Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) Organisations (conservancies) will jointly receive the 2012 Markhor Award for Outstanding Conservation Performance at  the upcoming 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD)  scheduled for Hyderabad, India, from October 8 to 19.

The Conference of Parties to the CBD is the governing body of the Convention and meets every two years to review progress in the implementation of the Convention to adopt programmes to help in achieving its objectives and to promote policy guidelines.

Emanating from the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the CBD came into force on December 29 1993 and Namibia signed and ratified it in 1992 and 1997 respectively. 

The Hyderabad conference will be preceded by the sixth Meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity from October 1 to 5.

As an active member of the CBD, Namibia will participate in all these meetings.

Namibia served as the chief spokesperson for Africa in international negotiations on the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing and is a member of the international bureau tasked with organizing and preparing the conference.

According to Minister Nandi-Ndaitwah from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism “Namibia is at the final stage to finalise the National Law on Access and Benefit Sharing, to enable our people have a maximum benefit of the Nagoya Protocol
The CBD, is a legally binding international environmental agreement, to promote the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the equitable benefit sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said this prestigious prize is awarded by the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, in recognition of Namibia’s excellent success in the areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.

Namibia Agriculture Union Weekly News: 28 September 2012

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In today’s newsletter –
·         Namibia Standards Institution (NSI)
·         Bank of Namibia held 14th Annual Symposium
·         Dare to Care contributes towards veld fire victims
·         FA and other news

Namibia Standards Institution (NSI)
The Manager: Research and Development of the NAU, Mr Wallie Roux, attended two project meetings of the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) this week.  The first is a programme of import inspection and market surveillance.  The NSI is developing a regulatory framework to administer compulsory standards and technical regulations under the Standards Act of 2005 (Act No 18 of 2005), in compliance with the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement and the TBT Annex of the SADC Trade Protocol.  The aim of this programme is to ensure consumer health and safety, and the protection of the environment on imported and locally manufactured products.  The second is a study to analyse trade flows among and between the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Member States to identify and document any impacts that may have arisen from the application of standards, technical regulations and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures on selected products.
Bank of Namibia held 14th Annual Symposium
The Executive Manager, Mr Sakkie Coetzee, and the Manager: Research and Development, Mr Wallie Roux, attended the 14th Annual Symposium of the Bank of Namibia.  The theme of this year’s Symposium was “Unlocking the Economic Potential of Communal Land”.  Speakers at the Symposium included inter alia the Minister of Lands and Resettlement, Mr Alpheus !Naruseb, the Governor of the Bank of Namibia, Mr IpumbuShiimi, Dr John Mendelsohn, Dr Javier Escobal, Prof Sam Moyo and Dr Wolfgang Werner.

Mr Shiimi as the opening speaker said that Namibia consists of 38% communal land, 44% commercial land and 18% State land.  He mentioned that in the communal areas only 40% of income is derived from subsistence farming, while 60% is derived from other sources, which includes government pensions.  Minister !Naruseb pointed out that the land reform process is based on the principles of the Land Conference that were held in 1991.  He further explained the registration of communal land rights, which are transferable and being registered with the Deeds Office.  Two types are registered, namely customary land rights and leasehold land rights to secure tenure and to be a title for access to finance.
The other speakers debated whether a title deed in communal areas could lead to increased productivity and access to credit.  They agreed that titling per se is no magic bullet to guarantee an increase in productivity and access to credit.  Examples from Southern Africa were compared to the land situation in Peru, South America, and the experiences were found to be similar.  The way forward for Namibia would require a reform process coupled with support measures to ensure an increase in productivity from the land.  This would include a reform of the financial sector, like the introduction of the SME Bank, to increase the access to credit.  These reforms would require more government interventions.
Dare to Care contributs towards veld fire victims
The Dare to Care Fund, a supporting fund of the agricultural family which is administered by the NAU, made contributions to persons and next of kin who were injured or died during veld fires. Contributions include the costs of funerals as well as assistance to the next of kin who lost bread winners in veld fires.

The Dare to Care Fund originally was established to support victims of veld fires but later expanded to also assist victims of other natural disasters such as floods. The fund is replenished from time to time by mainly sponsored golf days. The next collection action which is planned, is a golf day on May 23, 2013 at Omeya near Windhoek. People and organisations who now already  are interested to take part and get involved, can contact Erika at Tel 061 237838,
We say thank you
A hearty “Thank You” to all our fellow farmers, organisations (Witvlei Village Council) and everybody who helped spontaneously at the veld fire at Farm Saaleck on September 19 to extinguish the veld fire. Unfortunately lightening in our vicinity again caused damages and we hope that early rains will bring some relief – strength to everybody who is involved! Thank you very much, Harald and Gisela Giess.

Thank you
Basjan Jacobsz, Herman Biewenga and Thomas Reiss would like to thank everybody who assisted with extuingishing the veld fire north of Gobabis from Friday, September 21 at 18:00 until Sunday, September 23 at 21:00. Your support meant a lot to us.

A big thank you
A VERY BIG THANK YOU to members of the Witvlei and Steinhausen Farmers Associations, fellow farmers, neighbours, farm workers and all volunteers from the community who helped to extinguish the big veld fire on the farms Mahagi, Eindpaal, Hennopsrus, Hinterland, Hondeblaf, Vergelegen and Helder in the Gobabis district the weekend from September 21 to 24, 2012. Your unselfish sacrifices did not go unnoticed. The Human and Rossouw families (M C Human Snr, Ben Human, Hannes Human, M C Human Jnr and Theron Human and Theuns Rossouw).

FA and other news
The Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) Congress will be held on October 9 & 10 at the Arebbush Lodge, Windhoek and the theme is „Animal health status for economic growth – Namibia situation?“ Guest speaker is Dr Gideon Brückner from South Africa. The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) Congress will be held on October 10 & 11 at the Arebbush Lodge Windhoek and the theme is „A conducive environment for investment in agriculture“. Guest speaker is Dr John Purchase from the Agricultural Chamber in South Africa. Keynote speaker at the official opening of the Congress on October 10 is the president of the NCCI, Ms Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun. On October 10 from 08:30 – 13:00 the NAU Women’s Day will be held at the Vintage Coffee Shop, c/o Robert Mugabe and Luther Str, Windhoek. Guest speakers are Ds Dirk Louw and Mr Manfred Janike.

A Dexter course will be held by Mr Willie Grobler on October 6 at 08:00 at the Agra/Bank Windhoek Ring, Windhoek Showgrounds. For further details contact Carina Jansen van Vuuren, Tel 067 312918,

Steinhausen VA is holding a member meeting on October 16 at 15:00 at Farm Steinhausen in the FA hall. Guest speaker is Dr Ferreira of Virbac, South Africa and he will talk about BVD. For further information contact Mayke Rumpf, Tel 062 561422,

Westelike Khomas FA is holding a meeting on October 17 at 15:00 at the Harmonie hall. For further details contact Amanda Greef, Tel 064 551565,
The Afrikaner Breeders are hosting an information day on October 18 at 14:00 at Neudamm Research Farm. Speaker is Mr Herman Duvenhage from the Afrikaner Breeders Association in South Africa. Further details from Florence Hammn, Tel 060800 4708,

Karibib FA is holding ameeting on November 17 at 17:00 at Kaltenhausen. For further details contact Mrs Gladis, Tel 061 248480,

Agri Publication: Die Boer/The Farmer 28 September 2012

The latest Republikein newspaper's " Die Boer/The Farmer" magazine for October 2012 can be downloaded at:

A hard copy is included in the Friday, 28 September edition of the Republikein newspaper.

EIA for Proposed New Bulk water Supply Scheme to Otjimbingwe

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Erongo Agri Extension Services 2nd Quarterly Reporting Meeting: 24-27 September 2012

State Veterinary Office, Walvis Bay
Erongo staff reporting
Erongo Agriculture Extension Services held its second quarterly report for 2012/13 at the State Veterinary office in Walvis Bay from 24 to 27 September 2012. Extension staff reported on the implementation of activities for July to September 2012  from their work plans for 2012/13. The implementation progress with the current Strategic plan (2008/9-2012/13) was also monitored.
A Work plan was also developed to cater for NDP4 (National Development Plan 4). 

Mr. G. Keib, Chief Technician for Omatjette, Okombahe, Uis and Spitzkoppe ADC's  bussy with his closing remarks with Mr. Doeseb listening attentively
Scene from Walvis Bay

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Paresis Production Auction: Otjiwarongo 11+12 October 2012

Abattoir Prices Namibia + Meat Board News: 24 September 2012

Courtesy Namibia Agriculture Union:
1. Abattoir Price: WEEK 24.09.2012

Beef Small Stock
Meatco BeefFarmers  Meat Market BeefNAMCO* SheepFarmers Meat Market Mariental Sheep*Natural Namibian Meat Producers SheepBrukarros Meat Processors Sheep
A030.88 30.20 29.50 30.00 31.00 30.00 
A130.88 32.20 41.50 42.00 41.00 41.00 
A230.88 32.20 43.50 44.00 43.00 43.00 
A330.88 32.20 43.50 44.00 43.00 43.00 
A430.88 32.20 33.50 34.00 37.00 34.00 
A530.88 32.20 30.50 31.00 32.00 30.00 
A630.88 32.20 30.50 31.00 32.00 30.00 
AB029.20 29.20 24.50 25.00 26.00 26.00 
AB129.20 30.20 31.50 32.00 34.00 32.00 
AB229.20 30.20 32.50 33.00 35.00 33.00 
AB329.20 30.20 32.50 33.00 35.00 33.00 
AB429.20 30.20 26.50 27.00 30.00 26.00 
AB529.20 30.20 24.50 25.00 27.00 24.00 
AB629.20 30.20 24.50 25.00 27.00 24.00 
B027.37 27.20 23.50 24.00 24.00 24.00 
B127.37 28.20 30.50 31.00 32.00 31.00 
B227.37 28.20 31.50 32.00 33.00 32.00 
B327.37 28.20 31.50 32.00 33.00 32.00 
B427.37 28.20 25.50 26.00 29.00 27.00 
B527.37 28.20 23.50 24.00 26.00 25.00 
B627.37 28.20 23.50 24.00 26.00 25.00 
C025.69 24.50 20.50 21.00 22.00 22.00 
C125.69 27.00 29.50 30.00 30.00 29.00 
C225.69 27.00 29.50 30.00 32.00 30.00 
C325.69 27.00 29.50 30.00 32.00 30.00 
C425.69 27.00 24.50 30.00 30.00 25.00 
C525.69 27.00 20.50 21.00 25.00 22.00 
C625.69 27.00 20.50 21.00 25.00 22.00 
  • MEATCO:  Including Premiums  (200kg-219 kg carcasses)
 WW/PP-  -46.00, 46.00 
 WW/PP Grades -A1, A2-3 
 EU/Norway -46.00, 46.00 
 EU/Norway Grades -A1, A2 
 Contract - -
 Contract Grades - - -
  • Please contact abattoirs for Specifications
  • Price include contract premium
  • Direct Marketing commisiion not included 
  • Transport subsidy included 

2.  Agra Auction Prices: 21.09.2012
Cows (Dry)13.23 
Dorper Lamb18.00 
Slaughter Sheep14.00 
Fattail Lamb17.00 
Small Goat520 
Medium Goat725 
Large Goat1000 
 The NAU accepts no responsibility for data that is reported incorrectly or any losses incurred when using these data.
Prices are subject to change without notice.

Meat Board News


Representing the FANMeat committee the meat industry met under the auspices of the Meat Boardlast week. Matters that were addressed were, among others, the quality of ear tags, animal welfare, the international certification of FANMeat and data processing. The Meat Board was requested that the NamLITS office assist by making data processors available in order to follow up the backlog of enquiries regarding animal movement notices.
Friday, 21 September 2012 15:29

National Animal Health Forum

The Meat Board was approached by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to accompany them to Norway. The goal of this visit is, among others, to invite the Norwegian Minister of Development to visit Namibia and to point out the advantages of development projects, as well as to investigate the possibility of an increased Namibian quota to Norway
Friday, 21 September 2012 15:29

Woolworths Audits

On request of Woolworth's the Meat Board audited various cattle and sheep farms of producers who are suppliersof Woolworth's. The results of the audit showed progress measured against previous audits, but the administration of compulsory records, the handling of problem animals and the training of workers must receive attention. The necessary promotion and programmes in this regard will be set into motion.
Friday, 21 September 2012 15:25

Meat Board visits Norway

The Meat Board was approached by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to accompany them to Norway. The goal of this visit is, among others, to invite the Norwegian Minister of Development to visit Namibia and to point out the advantages of development projects, as well as to investigate the possibility of an increased Namibian quota to Norway
Monday, 17 September 2012 16:50

Agricultural Outlook Conference

The Vice-chairman and Manager: Information of the Meat Board attended the latest Agricultural Outlook Conference of Agrimarket Tendencies in Pretoria on 3 and 4 September 2012. According to Mr Johan van den Berg of SANTAM who was responsible for the weather outlook, there is a considerable possibility that El Niño will appear, which indicates more droughts during the following rainy season. According to Mr Ernst Janowski from FNB cattle prices are expected to be aroundN$30/kg and sheep prices around N$48/kg by December 2012