When it comes to selling their produce, the farmers of the OHPA mainly produce for the Namibian market and household consumption.
The OHPA is an example of the benefits of privatisation, cooperation and innovation in small-scale sustainable agriculture in Namibia.
OHPA's chief executive, Stephen Shaw, has high hopes he can make the system run more smoothly and at a smaller cost.
"In fact, they will gain something because of what OHPA will give in terms of independence and much speedier and more proportionate adjudications."
The GOC will still investigate cases but hearings will be dealt with entirely by the OHPA panel, which Mr Shaw anticipates will be smaller than the current five-person committees usually used by the GOC.
"As the inaugural chief executive, I want the OHPA
to become a learning organisation, with close relationships with our stakeholders, and regularly feeding back to the adjudicatory panels and to the professions we oversee."
The GMC and GOC will continue in their current role regarding doctors, dispensing opticians and optometrists, setting standards of practice, investigating complaints and deciding whether to refer concerns about a professional's fitness to practise to an OHPA panel for a hearing.
Before the OHPA formally begins its new role in 2011, its new chair will oversee a wide public consultation about its procedural rules to ensure that all stakeholders are able to participate in the development of how it will operate.