Last month, the Namibian Agronomic Board issued a local production forecast for special controlled crops divided into three sets of six crops each. The board monitors crop production and imposes closed border periods whenever sufficient local production is expected and is implemented in line with the market share promotion scheme.
The production forecast covers a period of five months from 1 January to 31 May and it is updated monthly. The objective of the special controlled product scheme is to stimulate local production of horticultural products in Namibia, as a growth at home strategy implemented by the Namibian Agronomic Board.
Regarding butternuts, cabbages, gem squash, onions, potatoes and pumpkins, the Board concluded that there would be sufficient local supply of butternuts, cabbages, gem squash and pumpkins in January 2022 and recommended restrictions on the importation of these four crops.