Adapting to regenerative agriculture

30 September 2020 | Agriculture



The Namibia Agricultural Industry Committee (NAIC) recently held its first meeting, at which regenerative agriculture in Namibia was discussed.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the three farmers’ unions, organic producers, banks, the agriculture ministry, Meatco, the Meat Board of Namibia and the Agronomic Board.

A presentation was done about the degradation of 60 million hectares of Namibia’s rangeland, resulting in loss of carbon from soils, loss of soil structure and water holding capacity.

This degradation has brought about a 50% loss of productivity and bush thickening has occurred.

According to the Namibian Agriculture Union (NAU), if the principles of sound field management in dry climates are applied, then reversing this degradation is possible.


It said several tried-and-tested methods have been developed by farmers and these have shown that this reversal is not only possible but highly profitable.

Last year, the three agricultural unions and the agriculture ministry developed a Regenerative Livestock Production Strategy that was produced by farmers for farmers. The document clearly states that the entire livestock industry in Namibia needs to adapt to support and enable regenerative agriculture in Namibia.

“Doubled sustainable stocking rates have been achieved by Namibian farmers who have changed to regenerative practices. These farmers were far more resilient during the last drought and are now in a good position to increase production and profits further,” said the NAU.

The union said if regenerative agriculture is upscaled in Namibia and soils, production and profits are improved at a large scale, water tables and water quality will improve, urbanisation will be limited, and rural economies stimulated.

“Namibia will be able to contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change and not just adapting to it.”

Consumer demand

According to the NAU, regenerative agriculture is gaining credibility internationally. Consumers are demanding that the food they consume is regeneratively produced, the animals are well cared for and that the enterprises are socially responsible.

The NAIC and Meatco are pursuing trusted regenerative and organic certification levels and markets that will hopefully in the future lead to price premiums for regeneratively and organically produced products.

To enable the unions to work together, a non-profit company called Regenerative Agriculture Namibia (RAN) was established.

The three unions pledged their commitment to the goals of RAN which will work closely with role players to achieve the implementation of regenerative agriculture in Namibia.

The non-profit hopes to contribute significantly to the recovery of the agricultural sector, which is vital for the future prosperity of Namibia.

Similar News


Meat industry still in recovery

5 days ago - 29 July 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKOverall cattle and sheep marketing continued to decline during the first half of this year while goat marketing is on a positive growth trajectory.Mid-year...

Charcoal precautions bearing fruit

6 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKThe special measures implemented since last year to reduce the risk of veld fires caused by the charcoal industry are beginning to bear fruit.The...

From unemployment to fulltime farmer

6 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKAgribank recently celebrated the success of 25-year-old Hilja Amvula, a visionary full-time farmer who grabbed an opportunity to venture into pig farming when she...

Succession planning in farming encouraged

6 days ago - 28 July 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKSuccession planning has proven to be a key strategy that has seen many families with farming businesses enjoy sustainable incomes that have enabled them...

Elephants threaten agri sector

1 week ago - 27 July 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) says the growing elephant population has the potential to bring the agriculture sector to its knees.The union estimates based...

Govt to fight AR over red line

1 week ago - 22 July 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe government intends to fight a lawsuit in which Affirmative Repositioning (AR) activist Job Amupanda demanded the removal of the...

NamLITS online users reach 10 000 mark

1 week ago - 21 July 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKThe Meat Board of Namibia has established that the registered users for NamLITS online have passed the 10 000 mark. On 12 July this...

Basic considerations of livestock handling

1 week ago - 21 July 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKHandling livestock is always a risky exercise that can culminate in significant livestock injuries and deaths on farms because of improper livestock handling and...

Crop diseases and their control measures

2 weeks ago - 14 July 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKTo successfully grow crops, a disease and pest control programme should be in place and good agricultural practices (GAPs) such as early planting and...

Shelter animals against extreme cold

2 weeks ago - 14 July 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKUnder extreme winter conditions farmers may have to take additional precautions to protect their animals from the coldThe following are some recommendations and suggestions...

Latest News

Govt spin doctors in PR...

15 hours ago | Government

MATHIAS HAUFIKU WINDHOEKGovernment spokespersons are silently opposing Cabinet’s decision to reverse a 2020 resolution that compelled all ministries to adopt an identical...

Living on the sweet side

15 hours ago | Youth

Mariselle StofbergWith just a few ingredients, heaps of imagination and a touch of elegance, 15-year-old Ndapanda Shiyagaya is able to bake and create sweet masterpieces...

Ethiopian Airlines denies shipping arms

15 hours ago | Business

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest carrier in Africa, on Sunday denied it was transporting weapons and soldiers to the war-torn Tigray region.Calls to boycott the state-owned...

EDITORIAL: The true meaning of...

15 hours ago | Opinion

Before every election in southern Africa - and often intermittently during public holidays - we are reminded of the blood that waters our freedom, and...

Over 70 000 Namibians await...

15 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKGovernment is scratching its head in the face of a vaccine...

The education sector mourns

15 hours ago | Education

Enzo Amuele Foibe Louise Namene was a trained lawyer and a PhD candidate at the University of Namibia. She served the Namibian electricity utility, NamPower,...

This year’s Olympic Games in...

15 hours ago | Sports

Nadine WillemseThe Olympics have certainly been interesting with a lot of new sports added, like surfboarding, skating and karate, and together with all the other...

Schools are safe, US embassy...

15 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKAn investigation has found that Covid-19 outbreaks were more common in Namibian schools with a hostel than those without.In...

Photo of the week

15 hours ago | Youth

Michelle McLean Bailey poses with Miss Teen Namibia 2021, Alexis Swart. Through the Michelle McLean Children Trust, Swart received a donation of N$15 000 on...

Load More