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The Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA)’s third annual general meeting was held at Ongwediva yesterday.

The Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA)’s third annual general meeting was held at Ongwediva yesterday.

Speaking during the meeting, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Anna Shiweda said Cabinet established AMTA to manage national fresh produce business hubs and national strategic food reserves for the attainment of food security.

The agency thus far has two fresh produce business hubs at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region and Rundu in the Kavango East Region, while the third hub is to be established in Windhoek in the Khomas Region.

She said potatoes, onions, table grapes, tomatoes, cabbages, dates, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternuts and oranges are the top 10 crops under AMTA.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has issued a directive to the Namibian Agronomic Board to facilitate the development of specific horticultural marketing standards for these 10 crops.

Speaking at the same event, chairperson of the AMTA Board, Abraham Nehemia said 2 926 metric tonnes (MT) of produce valued at N.dollars 23 million was marketed through the Ongwediva and Rundu fresh produce hubs during the 2015/16 financial year.

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