|About||De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS), public knowledge hub for bush control and biomass utilisation in Namibia. Turning bush encroachment into an opportunity!|
DAS addresses the knowledge and information needs of farmers interested in bush control on their farmland, operators of and investors in bush biomass processing machines and plants, and biomass product buyers from domestic and international markets.
We serve as a knowledge and contact broker that connects demand and supply, farmers and industries, resources and processors. Thus, DAS will keep you abreast of bush encroachment related activities. Part of the networking will be to maintain a comprehensive register of all stakeholders and professional service
providers involved along the entire value chain.
Approximately 26-30 million ha of Namibian farmland is affected by bush encroachment. Evidence exist that this phenomenon severely degrades rangelands, hampers agricultural productivity and prevents rain water from contributing to ground water levels. At the same time bush encroachment creates unique opportunities for the Namibian economy if biomass is considered a resource to be used for energy production and value chain development in other sectors.
DAS will become the national information platform and focal point for queries relating to bush encroachment, de-bushing and value addition. It shall be closely linked to existing agricultural advisory and extension services, leveraging synergies where applicable.
The DAS will support Namibian actors and Development partners of Namibia to turn the widespread problem of bush encroachment particularly of rangeland into socio-economic opportunities via increased rangeland productivity and an emerging biomass industry.