NCA April Newsletter 2018 
Although everything has been done to ensure the accuracy of the following information, the NCA takes no responsibility for actions or losses that might occur due to the usage of this information.
Tonnage Report 2016/2017
Thanks to all our producers and processors for the N$ 10.00 Levy commitment for the past 2 years, we could grow from ±72000 to  ± 83000 tons per year with a total of 14% growth.
Charcoal Quality
Bulk - total mass example 34 tons.
  • Braai Charcoal > 20 mm
  • Fines < 20 mm· better growing method:
How to improve your charcoal quality by the better growing method:
1. Dry wood: wood chopped and leave to dry for 2 months.
2. Burning of kiln only one day.
3. Sorting of wood - burning of bigger pieces first and smaller pieces last.

Example 1: (34 tons)
50% > 20mm: 17 tons @ N$ 1 850-00 = N$ 31 450-00
50% < 20mm: 17 tons @ N$ 850-00 = N$ 14 450-00
Total: N$ 45 900-00

Example 2: (34 tons)  1 day kiln – 2 day process
Using dry wood (2 months drying period)
72% > 20mm: 24,48 tons @ N$ 1 850-00 = N$ 45 288-00
28% < 20mm: 9,52 tons @ N$ 850-00 = N$ 8 092-00
Total: N$ 53 380-00
Extra benefit of up to N$ 7 480-00 (N$ 53 380 – 45 900 = N$ 7 480-00 per 34 ton)

Annual General Meeting, Conference & Expo
Burre Burger will be in Namibia on the 10th of August 2018! Attend the AGM, conference & expositions at the Otjiwa Safari Lodge! Contact Roelien Coffee: 081 124 0081 for any queries.

Burre Burger is die 10 Augustus in Namibia! Kom woon die AJV, Konferensie en uitstalling by in Otjiwa Safari Lodge! Kontak asseblief vir Roelien Coffee: 081 124 0081 vir enige navrae.
Makarra Bushproducts
Makarra Bush products is a Namibian company situated in Otjiwarongo. The company started in 2013 as a  processing plant. From the 1 March 2018 the company is under new ownership: M von Hacht, HW Marggraff and KD Rumpf.
  • All our charcoal comes from around Otjiwarongo and a long-term relationship with the farmers is very important to us. 
  • We export about 4500 tons of our products to a reliable German market.
  • Makarra Bush Products is FSC and BSCI certified to guarantee good products, as well as a good relationship with the workers.
Michael von Hacht
Tel: +264 67 307209 |Cell: +264 81 419 2162 | Fax:  086552615   l   E-mail: |  l   Website:
Environment Ministry Launches Its Guidelines To Scale up Bush Harvesting
Besides the persistent drought, the agricultural industry in Namibia still faces a threat from bush encroachment. Latest estimates indicate that about 45 million hectares of productive land is affected, thus the Environment and Tourism Ministry launched guidelines to scale up bush harvesting.

Bush Expert System Research team from North-West University in South Africa, field excursion on bush control activity sites in Namibia. Find the full story on our.

Decision Support System Booklet
Get your hard copy of the Decision Support System booklet on how to effectively deal with Acacia Mellifera (Senegalia Mellifera: new genus name) at our office today or download the online version below:

Did you know?
Bush encroachment is the thickening of undesired woody plants
• causing an imbalance in the grass: woody ratio and decrease in agricultural production
• 26 to 45 million ha of farmland in Namibia have seen a decrease in carrying capacity due to
bush encroachment.
Utilising Bush Biomass In Namibia
The Support to De-bushing project led to a follow up second phase, know referred to as the Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation (BCBU) project. The project remains under the implementation of the GIZ and Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) during the periods of 2018 to 2021. The main objective of the project is to improve the economic  utilisation of biomass from bush controlled rangelands in order to restore carrying capacities. 
Two pilot regions will be supported through the project, with a wide involvement of  stakeholders from both government and private sector to:
  • Create enable framework/s for bush control and biomass utilization
  • Strengthen the capacities of the responsible authorities to improve monitoring of bush   biomass harvesting and processing activities.
  • Provide advisory service  to farmers and SMEs through training's and capacity building interventions.
  • Develop sustainable biomass supply chains both locally and internationally, and
  • Pilot innovative and climate friendly technologies for harvesting and processing bush  biomass.
During the first phase of the project, selected value chains were piloted, including the production of animal feed with UNDP NAFOLA project and the modernized production of charcoal in collaboration with Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA). Evidence regarding the economic viability and environmental soundness of biomass resource utilization was provided. Organisational capacities has been put in place through the development of the De-bushing Advisory Service as well as the Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG). These organisations continue to support the farming, business communities to upscale bush control and biomass utilization.  In addition, the project supported the development of a national strategy for improving range land through encroaches bush utilization as a basis for a future national bush control program in Namibia.
FSC staan vir die etiese en volhoubare benutting van hulpbronne en die in agneming van toepaslike wette, werkers regte en menseregte wat deesdae n voorvereiste vir die verbruiker is.
Namibie is n uitgerekte groot land met n beperkte begroting wat dit moeilik maak vir wetstoepasser om bogenoemde te verseker. Daarom is selfregulering deur die FSC stelsel van groot belang ten einde n houtskool market vir ons produsente te verkry en te behou.
Namibie het  min werklike natuurlike woude waarvoor FSC eintlik ontwikkel is en die word nie vir houtskool produksie gebruik nie. Ons benut die indringer bos wat ons savana grasvelde oorgeneem het en FSC standaarde moet hierby aangepas word.

Ons wil ook meer voorheen benadeelde produsente in die stelsel inbring om vir almal n beter mark in tye van n oorskot te bewerkstellig en dit is nodig om die bevestigende indikatore van Fsc vir kleiner produsente aan te pas.
Dit is waarom ons n eie FSC standaard vir Namibie se omstandighede moet ontwikkel. Daarom is n FSC standaard werkgroep onder leiding van die Nca en Manuska Moodly van FSC saamgestel om die doelwit te verwesenlik.
Die NCA is ook tans besig om met n goedkoper FSC groepskema om nuwe FSC produsente op die standaard te prober kry. Die projekte is deur FSC en GIZ bevonds. Die Namibiese konsep standaard is opgestel en versprei aan rolspelers vir hul komentaar waarna hul komentaar met n volgende werksgroep ge inkorporeer sal word.
Daar sal dan publieke konsultasie wees op die aangepaste konsep standaarde. Die standaard sal met veld toetse op die grond gefinaliseer sal word voordat dit vir goedkeuring na FSC internasionaal sal gaan.

Mr. Willem Enslin (NCA - Management)
NCA - Groupscheme
The NCA has embarked on a one-year pilot project to evaluate the cost  effectiveness of FSC certification for its members.  A contract has been signed with CMO – a service provider operating world-wide, but with its main office in South Africa. CMO recently acquired an FSC forest management Group Scheme certificate for charcoal production on farms. NCA will be joining the scheme for a period of 0ne-eayr as part of the pilot study mentioned above.

The objective is to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the group scheme, based on two new       approaches that CMO is offering:
  • The first is to test the benefits of economies of scale of the group scheme, with several     resource management units forming part of the group, of which NCA will be one.
  • The second is the implementation of a total paperless system that will not only make it    easier for the group members, but also streamline reporting processes with regard to     charcoal production and sales.  The software also brings with it many other potential  advantages, for example managing workers through a bar code system to track training and employment history.
At the end of the 12 months, the producers and processors will evaluate the results to decide whether NCA should remain part of the scheme. There is a definite trend in the market for FSC charcoal to fetch higher prices than non-FSC charcoal and it is expected that this will continue to increase over time due to demand from European countries in particular. For more info please visited our web site.

Michal Brink

Tel: +27 82 447 9477
Smalls / Advertensies
Starch Binding Component
Starch Binding component for Briquette Production at the price of zar 4000/ton. Contact +27 (0) 83 725 8684 for more information or collection. 
Polyester bags size 1m x 0.63m. 50kg bags
Þ prize is N$1.75 per bag neg depending on the amount you want. Its second-hand bags but still new.

Please Note:
  • Own transport must be arranged.
African Packaging
  • 2nd hand interwoven bags
  • 2nd hand 50kg interwoven bag @ N$ 3.00 incl Vat
  • 2nd hand 1-ton bag @ N$ 85.00 incl Vat
· New interwoven bags
  • Interwoven wood bags 10kg @ N$ 2.50 / bag incl Vat
Plastic wood bags
  • Plastic wood bags 5kg (400x550x75mic) @ N$ 260 / 250 incl Vat
  • Plastic wood bags 10kg (400x750x80mic) @ N$ 378.00 / 250 incl Vat
Stitching machines & twine
  • GL 7 stitching machine electric @ N$ 7,775.95 incl Vat
  • GL 7 stitching machine battery operated (need 12V battery) @ N$ 7,650.00 incl Vat
  • Twine polo 80/3 500m @ N$ 14.00 incl Vat / roll
Transport Assistance
For transport assistance contact the numbers in the image provided. 
Ubuntu Retirement Fund
Tel: + 264 61 250331
Fax: + 264 61 250337
Cell: + 264 85 5740991

For Agricultural & industrial designs and school furniture
Contact: Johan Theron
Cell: 081 124 1916
Tel: +264 67 307 489
NCA Booklets
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