Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Namibia Agriculture Union News: 23 September 2016




THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: CHILDREN MUST BE TAUGHT HOW TO THINK NOT WHAT TO THINK – Margaret Mead


In this newsletter –

·         British parlementarians visit Namibia

·         LPO and NAU Congress and Agri Outlook Conference

·         FA and other news



Weapons can be submitted

We refer to reports in previous newsletters and would like to remind our members that all unlicensed and illegal weapons and ammunition can be submitted to the Police without being prosecuted until November 18, 2016. During a media briefing on September 2, 2016 the head of the Police, Lt Gen Sebastian Ndeitunga again appealed that all unlicensed and illegal weapons and ammunition should be submitted to the Police. He also informed that so far 443 weapons, 1070 ammunition and 118 explosive ordinances were submitted to the Police and they mainly came from the Khomas, Karas and Omusati regions. For any enquiries please contact Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi at Tel 061 2093470.



Meat Board news: Livestock exports to South Africa

Livestock exports to South Africa especially with regard to export of weaner calves, have taken off with the registration of certain feedlots at the Directorate of Animals Health in South Africa. Feedlots registered are Morgan Beef, Maye West, Mushlendow and Braams, however no import permits have yet been issued by South Africa’s Directorate Animal Health for these feedlots. It is important that dates of vaccinations against diseases such as anthrax and dates and results of tests for diseases such as tuberculosis are available to facilitate the export process.



British parlementarians visit Namibia

After the Brexit (UK exit from the EU) a delegation of British parlementarians are visiting Namibia in order to inter alia get information about trade between the two countries.



Currently Namibia can still export agricultural products to the UK under the EPA. According to the British parlementarians negotiations will have to take place about the future of trade between the two countries when the UK break their ties according to Brexit with the European Union.



A meeting under the chairmanship of Mr J├╝rgen Hoffmann, the trade advisor of the ATF took place this week in Windhoek during which the British parlementarians were informed about various sectors which trade with the UK. Thess include the livestock sector, fish sector, table grapes and mining. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the NCCI and other organisations.



The NAU seriously appealed that the export of bone-in mutton to the UK will be put onto the Agenda of future negotiations.



LPO and NAU Congress and Agri Outlook Conference

The Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) Congress is held on October 4 and the NAU Congress on October 5 at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek. The theme of both congresses is “Unlock the potential of agriculture”.



The Agri Outlook Conference is held on October 6 under the same theme at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre and will be opened by the Vice President, Honourable Dr Nickey Iyambo. Speakers are Mr Johann Kotze of FNB, Mr Ernst Janovsky, Dr Cornelis van der Waal, Ms Judith Isele, Mr Jurie de Kock, Prof Willem Landman of the University of Pretoria and Dr Gustav Gous. Registration is N$750 per person and further details can be obtained from and to register contact Rina Hough, Tel 061 237838, rina@agrinamibia.com.na.



Anti-poaching course

An anti-poaching course is offered and persons are trained how to suspect and deal with danger and most important how to protect game. Participants will receive certificates after the course. Persons who are interested to take part have to be older than 18 years, must be reasonable fit and have a driver’s license. For further details contact Pieter Genis, Tel 081 7479186, genispieter@hotmail.com.



FA and other news

Persons who are interested to help with vulture ringing, can take part on September 25 at Farm Smalhoek (from Windhoek on the B6 to the Hosea Kutako airport, turn to Dordabis and then on the C23 up to the farm notice board. The entrance of the farm is on top of a hill/dune and could easily be missed). Persons have to bring their own food and cool drinks/water for the day and they do not have to stay the whole day. Please register with the Stehn family at Tel 062 581854, smalhoek@iway.na.

An Nguni farmer’s day in cooperation with the Osire-Waterberg FA is held on September 28 at 07:30 at Farm Penwood of Willie Lepen. Guest speakers are Prof Michiel Scholtz, Bertus Kruger, Kiep Lepen and Ingo Jacobi. Registration is N$100 per person which includes coffee, tea and lunch. Please register before September 14 with Janus Lepen, Tel 081 1247942. For a map to the farm click here Map

Blumfelde FA is holding a Women’s Day on September 28 at 09:00 at the FA hall. The theme is “Recycle your waste into Xmas gifts”. Registration is N$30 per person and participants are requested to bring along empty cans, small bottles, old baby shoes, etc. For further details contact Margret Binneman, Tel 062 581099, binneman@iway.na.

Witvlei FA is holding a general meeting on October 12 at 15:00 at the farmer house, Witvlei. For further details contact Johannie Brenkman, Tel 062 561440, brenkmanjohannie@gmail.com.

Summerdown FA is holding a farmers’ day under the theme “Bush and rangeland management day” on October 22 at the FA hall. For further details contact Rienie du Plessis, Tel 062 56121, rente@iway.na.  

Blumfelde FA is hosting farmers day/sports day on October 22 at the FA hall. The activities for the day are bakkie tricks, treasure hunting, jukskei, farmers sport, wine tasting and a potjiekos competition. The day is concluded with a dinner and dance. Registration for the dinner and dance is N$80 for adults and N$40 for children. For further details contact Margret Binneman, binneman@iway.na.

The NAU Agri Braai competition for 2017 will be held on March 24 & 25, 2017 at Farm Bitterwasser at the Bitterwasser Lodge and will be hosted by Uhlenhorst FA. More details will be given in due course and can be obtained from Hoekus van Niekerk, Tel  063-265336, 081 128 3511 or Corrine Tel 081 358 2299.

Exchange Rate NAD (17-23 September 2016)











Sept
EURO
USD
POUND
PULA

Saturday
17
15.812
14.172
18.430
1.295

Sunday
18
15.818
14.178
18.438
1.296

Monday
19
15.661
14.010
18.282
1.319

Tuesday
20
15.479
13.855
17.977
1.312

Wednesday
21
15.285
13.691
17.768
1.294

Thursday
22
15.286
13.615
17.820
1.286

Friday
23
15.217
13.583
17.663
1.283








Saturday to Thursday:  16:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)
Friday:  09:00 UTC