It is estimated that in Namibia 26-30 million ha of farm land is affected by bush encroachment. The bush competes with grass for soil, nutrients and water thereby reducing the carrying capacity of the land for farming activity.
While extensive bush encroachment poses a serious threat to agricultural production, it offers a good opportunity for various productions lines such as bush to energy (power production), various value added charcoal products and bush animal feed.
Invader bush is used to produce:
The bulk of Namibia’s charcoal production is exported to Europe and South Africa and current off-take of wood chips is at the Ohorongo cement factory.
The Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG) serves the emerging biomass industry in Namibia.