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THE continued drought which already claimed its dues in 2013, posed big challenges to the producers in Namibia.
The drought together with the closure of the South African border for the export of animals with the resulting drastic price decreases during that period, forced farmers to make special plans in order to survive the year and rescue their animals.
According to the latest Namibia Agricultural Union newsletter, fortunately the problem with the export of animals to South Africa has been solved mostly and thus trade between the two countries can continue as usual which is a great relief for Namibian producers. The year was also characterised by the disputed verdict of the Valuation Court which still causes confusion and uncertainty.
This verdict forced the NAU to join the legal representatives, who represented landowners in the Valuation Court, in order to attempt to rectify the inherent problems of the Valuation Roll, despite the 40% discount which was granted to the objectors by the Valuation Court.
The withdrawal of the disputed Land Bill in parliament by the land reform minister, Utoni Nujoma, gives the NAU the opportunity to have further talks with the minister and other government organisations to make corrections before it is tabled again, the newsletter said.
It is uncertain whether a second land conference will be held in 2017 which will most probably put land reform on the forefront again. These and other challenges will again have the NAU’s full attention in 2017, the newsletter concluded.