Govt entities snub AMTA

AMTA's 2018/2019 annual report says government institutions needed about 4 000 tonnes of produce a year but they sourced only 200 tonnes from the agency.

15 January 2021 | Agriculture

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU



Despite a 2014 cabinet directive for government offices, ministries and agencies to prioritise the Agro-Marketing and Trading Agency (AMTA) when procuring food produce, little is being done to implement it.

AMTA, in its 2018/2019 annual report, said government offices, ministries and agencies procured only 5% of the total produce they needed from AMTA.

This was said at a meeting in Rundu on Tuesday between AMTA managing director Lungameni Lucas and stakeholders from the two Kavango regions.

AMTA's mandate is to manage the Fresh Produce Business Hubs and National Strategic Food Reserve infrastructure.

AMTA says these institutions need about 4 000 tonnes of produce but they sourced only 200 tonnes from the agency, something Lucas said needs to be addressed.

So far only the defence force, prisons, police and the education ministry are procuring their produce from AMTA.

Lucas said some ministries' tenders have not been awarded yet.

He stressed that the cabinet directive is clear and those who cater or supply government institutions with fresh produce should source it locally.

“It is a process to see to it that the directive is really implemented fully, however the institutions did not yet complete the awarding of tenders. There are those caterers who have a good relationship with us and they are not a problem,” Lucas said.

Lucas said during the 2018/2019 financial year Namibia imported fresh produce worth over N$400 million while the produce grown and marketed locally was worth just over N$200 million.



Farmers' concerns

The farmers attending the meeting questioned AMTA's pricing model.

Lucas said producer prices are determined by the Namibia Agronomic Board and not by AMTA.

Farmers have been reluctant to sell their produce to AMTA because they are unhappy with the prices paid.

They argue that their input costs are high and they cannot sell at a loss. Lungameni assured the farmers that AMTA was aware of their concerns and was trying to address the issue.

At yesterday's meeting AMTA also introduced the new contracts that will be entered into with suppliers.

[email protected]

Similar News

 

Farmworkers spent N$85 million in rural economy

1 day - 23 June 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKIt is estimated that commercial farmworkers spent at least N$85 million in the rural economy last year.The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) says it is...

Small-stock farmers can suffer huge losses from parasites

1 day - 23 June 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKSmall stock production in Namibia faces significant health challenges, mostly associated with parasite infestations, which can result in huge economic losses for farmers. The...

Understanding livestock licks and feed supplementation

1 day - 23 June 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKLivestock farming has become more expensive and one of the costliest factors is livestock feed and lick supplementation.Agribank’s technical advisor for livestock and rangeland,...

Green schemes badly managed

2 days ago - 22 June 2021 | Agriculture

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKA submission made to Cabinet indicates that Agribusdev did not properly manage the green schemes and that they were underperforming.Government...

Agri marked by insecurity to youth – Kauaria

3 days ago - 21 June 2021 | Agriculture

NAMPA RUNDUDeputy minister of higher education, training and innovation, Venomuinjo Kauaria, said the agricultural sector in Namibia is often marked by high...

Green scheme windfall for private sector

6 days ago - 18 June 2021 | Agriculture

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKGovernment is set to offer its green schemes to private-public partners as...

Calle reveals reasons for culling Agribusdev

1 week ago - 17 June 2021 | Agriculture

MATHIAS HAUFIKU WINDHOEK Way forward: · Abolish Agribusdev ...

SA on track to harvest record soya bean crop

1 week ago - 16 June 2021 | Agriculture

ANNELIE COLEMANSOUTH AFRICAThe current spike in soya bean production is good news for South Africa since it will mean that significantly less of the commodity...

Making agriculture sexy again

1 week ago - 15 June 2021 | Agriculture

Mariselle StofbergThe Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) officially handed over the School Garden Funding Project (SGFP) at Auas Primary School in Windhoek on 9 June. Auas...

Agribusdev workers living in fear

1 week ago - 15 June 2021 | Agriculture

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKWorkers at the troubled parastatal mandated to manage the country’s green schemes...

Latest News

Ex-striking NBC employees fight for...

12 hours ago | Labour

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKDespite agreeing to the principle of ‘no work, no pay’ for their strike nearly two months ago, NBC employees who...

Working in the shadow of...

12 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES · Clinics turned into hospitals · Nurses...

Cape Verde to renationalise its...

12 hours ago | Economics

Cape Verde's government said Monday that it is taking over the national airline over concerns for its future, after selling a majority stake in 2019.Speaking...

Sudan eliminates customs exchange rate...

12 hours ago | Economics

Sudan has eliminated its customs exchange rate, used to calculate import duties, as the final step in a devaluation of its local currency, the finance...

Nigeria considers equity fund to...

12 hours ago | Economics

Nigeria is considering the set-up of a private equity fund as part of its effort to fight poverty in Africa's most populous nation and has...

EDITORIAL: Violence ranking expected

12 hours ago | Opinion

According to the 15th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), Namibia is the country where the experience of violence is the greatest worldwide.It said...

Shoprite, Dunnhumby renew partnership in...

12 hours ago | Business

Shoprite and Dunnhumby have announced the renewal of their partnership in Africa. Shoprite, the largest grocery retailer in Africa with over 500 stores and 20...

Heineken takes control of India's...

12 hours ago | Business

Heineken NV, the world's second largest beer maker, has taken control of India's largest brewer United Breweries Limited (UBL), cementing its position in a vast...

ECN ordered to avail spoilt...

12 hours ago | Politics

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUThe Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has been ordered by the electoral court to allow the All People’s Party (APP) access to the...

Load More