The 2018 Horticultural Producer of the Year will be crowned on 26 September.
The award is part of the National Horticulture Day, which is organised during September each year by the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB), in collaboration with various partners.
It recognises the extraordinary breed of horticulture producers who have made a success of their farming business through sheer determination, dedication and foresight.
“Honouring such achievements, is one important effort aimed at encouraging local supply of fresh produce, whilst decreasing our dependence on imports - or import substitution as it is known in the industry,” NAB said in a statement.
The horticulture industry in Namibia is regulated through the Market Share Promotion (MSP) scheme, where all importers of fresh fruit and vegetables are required to buy a minimum percentage of their fresh produce from Namibian producers before they are granted a permit to import fresh produce from outside the country.
Currently this minimum stands at 44 percent, up from a mere five percent at the inception of the MSP scheme in 2005.
An award of the Horticultural Producer of the Year will be given across three different categories, which are large Scale Horticulture Producer of the Year, Medium Scale Producer of the Year and Small Scale Producer of the Year.