By Business Reporter
THE Agricultural Outlook Conference will this year take place on 10 October to create an opportunity for the agricultural sector in Namibia to discuss issues and provide information on what can be expected in terms of the agricultural economy, prices and markets in the future.
The conference, hosted by the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) every two years since 2012, will take place at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek.
The main purpose of the conference is to create an opportunity for the agricultural sector in Namibia to discuss joint issues as well as to provide information to agricultural producers that can be expected in the future when it comes to agricultural economy, prices and markets.
The NAU said if the primary agricultural sector is not growing, no additional jobs can be created to benefit the rural economy.
“Thus, emphasis will be on identifying low hanging fruit in the livestock, agriculture, wildlife and other sectors that will spur future growth,” said NAU.
This year’s theme is ‘Ignite Growth in Agriculture – the basis for job creation and value addition’.
The programme will start with an opening address by Agriculture Minister Alpheus !Naruseb. Standard Bank’s Managing Director Junius Mungunda will give a policy perspective of business aspects that affect the agricultural sector.
A session will also take place for commodities such as large stock, small stock, agronomy, wildlife and tourism with speakers who will briefly identify key problems and what is needed to fire growth in these various commodities. This session will be led by several local producers and experts such as Dr Joggie Briedenhan, Pieter van Schalkwyk, Michael Iyambo and Dr. Chris Brown.
Dr. Helmke von Bach will also talk about the different drivers behind profitability and Arnold Klein will close the day with a glimpse into the future on how farming will look about 15 to 20 years from now.
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