Last year's debilitating drought may have left its scars on the Namibian agricultural landscape, but millers have bounced back strongly to post impressive production results.
This is according to the Managing Director of Namib Mills,
Namibian white maize producers exceeded all expectations with this year's vastly improved total expected harvest in the so-called Maize Triangle and other productions areas, which ends in July. Expectations shot up to 68 213 tonnes after a final assessment by members of the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB), while gathering first-hand information from producers in late May, enabling them to make a very accurate estimation.
Collard said some 55 000 tonnes of white maize will soon be heading for the market while the rest will be stored in government silos as provision in times of emergency.
The good news comes in the wake of last year's depleted harvest when the Maize Triangle, known as the bread basket of
National cereal production is provisionally forecast at 122 390 tonnes, reflecting an increase of 50 percent higher than last season's harvest but yet 2 percent below average. Much of this improvement comes from the commercial areas where most of the production is under irrigation.
Collard does not expect price increases under such favourable conditions with enough maize available, but warns that affordability might become an issue due to various factors such as neighbouring countries not having excess maize available to keep local customers supplied, a weakened exchange rate that will increase prices, as will increased petrol prices that will have an upward effect on the cost of transport of products.
"Apart from that, we are exposed, as everybody else to the increased municipal charges, electricity and other services and increased annual remuneration to employees," he said. By
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