Namibian growers asked to diversify to asparagus and mushrooms

Namibian small-scale farmers can diversify from onions, tomatoes and green peppers, venturing into asparagus, mushrooms and indigenous green leafy vegetables. The latter have been identified as high-potential commodities. This was said by the World Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation in their recent country private sector diagnostic report, which has identified several growth opportunities for the country.

Launched last week, the two global financiers said diversification into new horticulture products was necessary, but needed some preconditions. It would be “dependent on agriculture research, climate-smart adaptation, the necessary input supply chains, and training of producers”.

According to the report, given Namibia's rough climate environment, asparagus, mushrooms, and indigenous green leafy vegetables would be good high-yield products, with much readily available markets to absorb these.


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