Farmer Support

Following extensive stakeholder consultations, the following corrective actions have been implemented to date:
NAMBoard has improved the minimum buying prices for the benefit of the farmer – even though this often comes at a loss to the institution.
The turnaround time for farmer payments has improved and we are now able to achieve payments within 14 days from delivery.
Our quality assurance service has also been improved to help minimize the produce rejection rate. We currently average below 5% in the rejection rate. We continue to assist farmers in meeting world class standards through implementing strict quality standards and regular trainings. The company has successfully implemented ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety Management System for the Encabeni vegetables pack house facility. ISO 22000 is an internationally recognized standard that combines the ISO 9001 approach to food safety management and HACCP for the assurance of food safety at all levels.
We provide on time refrigerated transportation needs for produce – from farmers’ fields to NAMBoard’s packhouses countrywide – where we offer cold storage and packaging facilities in various parts of the country for distribution purposes.
Following the traders’ complaints of NAMBoard being a player and a referee – we no longer participate in the importation of fruits and vegetables. This has allowed traders to take up full space in the markets.
Through the same consultations, we were able to establish that access to affordable financial services was one of the key challenges horticultural Farmers Face. NAMBoard launched a Horticulture Revolving Fund in partnership with Eswatini Bank. This fund provides loans without the need for collateral or deposit. The purpose of this Revolving Fund Loan scheme is to increase access to financial aid for horticulture farmers by reducing barriers for those who may not qualify under normal financing models.
NAMBoard has also implemented the Horticulture Input subsidy where we contribute a non-refundable 40% for farmers’ inputs and the farmer contributes only 60%. This subsidy cushions the smallholder farmers against high farming input costs to ensure that the country does not depend on imports for major vegetables consumed locally.