More Local Products On the Shelves

TEAM Namibia is investigating ways of obtaining increased market access for Namibian products and services. This emerged this week during the annual general meeting of Team Namibia.

Team Namibia’s role in stimulating the increased consumption of local products and services among government, businesses and consumers was deliberated. A panel discussion was held with a range of panel members to discuss this topic from different perspectives:

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, director of transformation at Pick ‘n Pay shared insights from a retail perspective, particularly their small business initiative Shelf Life Project which derives more suppliers from previously disaantaged communities.

Michael Iyambo, chairman of the Namibian Agronomic Board’s National Horticultural Task Team, reviewed the horticulture market share promotion scheme which stimulates the local production of fruit and vegetables in order to contribute towards increased national food self-sufficiency and security as well as import substitution.

Jaco Venter, MD of Plastic Packaging, made suggestions on how Namibian manufacturers’ involvement can increase in the value chain.

Source : The Namibian