NCA October Newsletter 2018 

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Namibian Charcoal Association Chairperson

The newly elected chairperson of the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA), Mr. Gunter Schwalm.

Charcoal Conference, AGM & Expo
A record-rise of about four hundred people attended the event. The packed conference of the Namibia Charcoal Association indicated increasing interest in the charcoal industry. 

Export to European markets. The FSC is an international organisation to promote responsible use of forests by setting standards on forest products. The NCA currently promotes FSC certification among its members. One possibility to get certified is to join one of the group schemes. At a lower cost it is possible to verify compliance available with FSC-standard.

International demand for Namibia Charcoal is big

Namibian Charcoal exports are expected to grow by 25% by 2020. Since it has been discovered by international markets, who are looking for a product that is responsible for manufacturing. At the same time, demand for local charcoal has grown immensely that it begins to exceed the offer. Mr. Michael Brink, CEO of the CMO Namibia Group Scheme, said at the conference of Namibia Charcoal Association that Namibia is currently one of the world's most sought charcoal providers. The new directors of the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA): Back, from left is Mr. Heiko Doll, Koos Fourie, Hans Steyn, Gerhard Steyn and Derik van Niekerk. Front, from left is Mr. Henning Lambert, Gunter Schwalm (Newly elected Chairman), Isak Katali (Retiring Chairman) and Danie van Vuuren.
Charcoal Factsheet (July 2018)
Namibia used to be a land of open savannahs. Now, more than half of the country is covered by thorny and impenetrable bush. Bushes and shrubs spread excessively, while other plant species, especially palatable grass, drastically decline. As a result, less rain seeps into the groundwater, biodiversity is lost and the productivity of farmland is reduced. Today, more than 30 million hectares of Namibian rangeland are affected by high densities of bush. The causes of bush encroachment are manifold and include unsuitable rangeland management, the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere and changes in precipitation patterns due to climate change.
Tonnage Chart
Biomass Technology Demonstration Day


BTDD 2018 will showcase over 30 technologies, from over 20 exhibitors, and conduct over 10 live demonstrations during the event! Register Below

De-Bushing Advisory Service
Training event on the Production of Animal Feed from Encroacher Bush in the Dordabis area.

“The potential of utilising encroacher bush for animal feed has significant benefits for Namibia, especially during the dry season, or times of drought”. Progress Kashandula, General Manager of the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS) remarked at the opening of the training on the potential of bush-based animal feed held at Farm Langbeen Ranch in Dordabis on the 20th of September 2018.

The training served as a follow up to the research that was conducted from April 2016 to July 2017 by partners including the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (MAWF/GIZ) Support to De-bushing Project (now called Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project) and the UNDP Sustainable Management of Namibia’s Forested Land (NAFOLA). The partners conducted intensive trials on encroacher bush-based animal feed production in Namibia. The results of these trials demonstrate great potential for this value chain to contribute
towards addressing bush encroachment when used in combination with other value chains.
 The full-day training comprised of two parts, the practical application of key principles of bush-based animal feed production namely bush identification, harvesting techniques, processing bush material, mixing with supplements, palletising for longer storage and practical feeding showcase, and the theoretical part to explain the principles of costing, while solving farming challenges, such as dry seasons, drought, and limited cash- flow. “The idea is to enable farmers to cope with stressful farming situations, by utilising on-farm- resources,” stated Dagmar Honsbein. A diverse group of 23 farmers from different regions of Namibia including Erongo, Oshana, Omaheke, Khomas, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa, and Kavango East region participated in the training which was facilitated and organised by the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS) and conducted by Dagmar Honsbein, Research Coordinator on behalf of the MAWF/GIZ Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation (BCBU) Project. 
 Similar training is offered in the future through the De-bushing Advisory Service with the support of the MAWF/GIZ Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project. “We foresee training of this nature as an
opportunity for farmers to invest into diversifying their income sources and sustainably contributing to tackling bush encroachment to ensure a more productive use of their land, especially in times of drought”, Progress Kashandula stated. 

For more information on the work of the De-bushing Advisory Service, please visit their website on 
Namibia FSC Standards Workshop
The FSC workshop for National Standards, which was held at Namibia Charcoal Association’s office on the 26 September 2018. This was an open invitation, for any interested person to attend. Thank you to everyone who attended! We are ecstatic to have you here!
Masterfire BV is an established processor and distributor of FSC and non-FSC charcoal and associated products into Germany, The Netherlands, France and Belgium. We have been in operation for 25 years
currently, require more than 12 000 tons per year of FSC Certified and-FSC hardwood charcoal. We are currently looking to purchase the product for this and the 2019 season. We invite all processors and producers to contact us regarding a supply agreement for this period. We are looking for producers and processors who believe in long-term relationships with customers and suppliers, and who are passionate about the quality and consistency of their product. 
Masterfire BV of The Netherlands would also like to invite the charcoal producers of Namibia to join us in the establishment of an FSC Group Scheme for direct supply to our processing facilities in The Netherlands and Germany. It is our intention to establish and personally manage an FSC Group Scheme that will benefit both the Namibian producers of charcoal and our company. A more detailed proposal is available by e-mail for anyone who wishes to inquire.

Please feel free to e-mail us for any further information regarding our company and our intentions in Namibia.

Brendon Vice

Masterfire Group Scheme Manager
Contact Details: E-mail
Cell: +27 (0)82 433 0748
NRC Needs your charcoal
Thanks to strong relationships with buyers in Germany and neighbouring European countries and the high quality of Namibian Charcoal, Namibian Retort Charcoal (NRC) can't keep up with orders from our European customers - so we would like to join forces with other local producers to increase our supply and grow our charcoal shipments.

- If you are FSC-certified...We can begin working with you immediately. Please give us a call or send us an email using the details below. 

- If you are not FSC-certified...We will help you deal with the hassle and the admin to become FSC-certified and realise a higher price for your charcoal - just get in touch using the contact details below.

We package and ship charcoal ourselves, so there is no need to worry about packaging or logistics - leave that to us!


NRC was founded in 2016 by five farmers in the Otjiwarongo region of Namibia. We have all had the same trouble with encroachment bush on our farms, so we decided to turn it into a business. We have had significant success exporting to Europe, and today we are looking to grow our business with the help of local partners. 

Contact Details:

Farm Waltershagen # 135, Otjiwarongo District
Mobile: +264 81 802 4321 / +264 81 287 7559
Werner Gouws
  • 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. 
For Agricultural & industrial designs and school furniture
Contact: Johan Theron
Cell: 081 124 1916
Tel: +264 67 307 489
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