Agricultural Updates

Eswatini Horticulture Information System
NAMBoard has a mandate to regulate and ensure a balance in the supply and demand for fruits and vegetables in the country. We are expected to assess the availability of produce from local farmers against the demand from local markets to be able to suspend the importation of certain commodities when there is a proven adequate supply from local farmers. We can only do this well when there is clear and reliable data available from our local farmers. The need for our local farmers to provide this data proactively on EHIS, is, therefore, very critical.
All farmers are expected to register and upload information regarding locations, plantings, forecast harvesting yields and dates. This will assist NAMBoard with gathering the key evidence needed to control importation of those crops which are projected to be in over-supply locally. By registering, farmers will be able to notify buyers beforehand of the expected availability for each crop. The system is supported by key stakeholders in the horticulture value chain who contribute to maintaining its statistical integrity. It is imperative that farmers scrutinize in detail, the information system before deciding to offer produce, to increase their chances of successfully selling what they have produced.
The availability of all this national production information will be useful when our Trade and Regulations Department engages importers on the availability of produce locally. This data will also support our Operations unit to facilitate efficiently extension service and linkages between farmers and markets. We monitor the local trade of agricultural produce to ensure that the country has enough food security, and local farmers have adequate market share for their produce.