Namibian Agronomic Board tightens ban on horti imports

Of the 19 crops on the special import permit list that was released by the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB), only five can be imported without restrictions, from 1 to 30 June 2022, except for the mandatory 47% market share promotion.

A statement from NAB chief executive officer Fidelis Mwazi dated 27 May, says the five crops are all types and sizes of gem squash, watermelon, sweet melon, spinach, and washed potatoes. According to Mwazi, the restrictions regulate the movement of horticultural produce into the country and to protect Namibian farmers against the importation of cheap products, which could flood the local market.

"Washed potatoes are only open for unrestricted importation for the first two weeks of the month up to 15 June," said Mwazi.

A 20% pro rata importation of all types and sizes of carrots and sweetcorn will be allowed for the first two weeks of the month to 15 June, while a 30% pro rata importation of lettuce (iceberg) will be allowed for the month. Namibia's borders will, however, be closed for the month for the importation of beetroot, butternut, cabbage, English cucumber, colored pepper, green pepper, onion, pumpkin, sweet potato, and round and jam tomatoes.

Source: namibian.com.na


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