Namibia picks local barley for beer

28 March 2013

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29 March 2013 | Anna Reynolds

Namibia Breweries (NB) has successfully harvested local barley that is suitable for use in its beer, following a two-year trial.

The drinks firm, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List Group, announced the successful outcome of its barley feasibility study this month.

Namibian deputy minister of agriculture, water and forestry, Lempy Lucas, said at the event: “An investment into local barley crops is also reducing import requirements and creating new jobs and revenue in Namibia’s most important agricultural sector: the core sector on which most of Namibia’s population depends, because it fulfills basic food needs.”

As part of the firm’s barley project, crops were grown at the Shadikongoro Green Scheme project in the Kavango region and at Namibia Dairies’ Aimab SuperFarm near Mariental, during the second year of scientific trials.

Samples of the barley was then sent for malting to the German company Durst Malz – a partner on the project – that confirmed the quality of the locally grown barley was suitable for the company’s beer.

NB chairman Sven Thieme said in a statement: “Part of NB’s strategy as a member of the O&L Group, is to build innovative and sustainable businesses which generate long-term profitability. An investment into the local food supply chain will lead to more independence of foreign markets.”

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