16 Mar 2015 05:40am
WINDHOEK, 16 MAR (NAMPA) The construction of the Windhoek Fresh Produce Business Hub is progressing very well with completion expected in less than three years says Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
John Mutorwa made the announcement during the launch of the Strategic Plan 2014 to 2019 foundation strategy of the Agro Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) on Thursday.
AMTA held its first annual general meeting (AGM) on the same day.
Currently, AMTA is actively marketing and trading fresh produce and grains through agents guided by the Constitution of Namibia, Article 98 of Principles of Economic Order that is the Public Private Partnership (PPP). In the near future, the agencys operations are to include meat, chicken, eggs, and other products in addition to horticulture and grain, he said.
The hub in the capital currently under construction in the Wanaheda residential area is one of the three national hubs that will have the capacity to promote the marketing and trading of locally produced agricultural products, which includes agronomic and livestock products. The two other fresh produce business hubs that are already up and running are located in Rundu and Ongwediva.
The Fresh Mark Trading system was installed to create a well-regulated and transparent trading system for producers and buyers. The hubs have been modelled to operate as cost centres aiming toward self-sustainability and are operative as such.
Mutorwa emphasised that the challenges currently experienced by the AMTA include the window of the legislative transition, stakeholder engagement and effective participation from players in the relevant industries.
He raised the concern that some individuals deliberately resist changes that will be beneficiary to the Namibian nation at large.
Meanwhile, the MAWF is currently in the process of amending the Agronomic Industrial Act of 1992 to distinctively allocate the provisions of the Act in terms of production, marketing and trading to the execution by the respective agencies established. This is at an advanced stage, according to Mutorwa.