Better Brahman genetics

From the left, Johan van der Westerhuizen, Head of FNB Business; Ryno van der Merwe, President of the Namibian Brahman Breeders Society, Christo Viljoen, Head of FNB Agri & Tourism, and Fanie Steenkamp, FNB Business Sector Head.

The FNB Namibia Agri Division and the Namibian Brahman Breeders Society recently signed an agreement for 3 years which focuses exclusively on the improvement of genetics of the Brahman breed.

The sponsorship of N$300,000 will be allocated in three equal tranches over three years. Christo Viljoen, Head: FNB Agri & Tourism said FNB’s Agri division continuously strives to be on the forefront of knowledge, product development and service delivery. “This agreement is in line with our vision and objectives to be a financial partner in sustainable agriculture. We further wish to add value and share knowledge with the bigger agricultural community,” he said. Viljoen added that agriculture remains vitally important as one of the four pillars on which the Namibian economy rests. It is also the biggest sectoral employer. “Agriculture contributes around 5% of the Gross Domestic Product while 25% to 40% of Namibians depend on subsistence agriculture and herding. Primary products include livestock and meat products, crop farming and forestry but meat farming remains the most important.”
Ryno van der Merwe, president of the Brahman Breeders Society expressed his gratitude to FNB Agri for their involvement. “FNB’s contribution will make a huge impact in the projects we are currently busy with as well as the ones that are in the planning stages. The Breeders Society shares FNB’s vision of adding value, enhancing knowledge and remaining on top of new products and services for our industry.”