Posted by Adminstrator on September 20, 2016

 Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) President Dr Evelyn Nguleka has stepped down with immediate effect.
Dr Nguleka has stepped down in order to prepare for the upcoming court case regarding allegations of misapplication of funds at ZNFU, following an audit that took place earlier this year.

Posted by Adminstrator on September 14, 2016

Background

You may be wondering why ZNFU will be giving its responses to the media instead of KPMG. Since our CPs went to the media, it is only fair that stakeholders are afforded an opportunity to learn of ZNFU position on various matters which have been in the public domain.

 

Posted by Adminstrator on September 12, 2016

In its quest to protecting consumers of products and services offered by banks, on one hand, and promoting market discipline and competition among market players in the banking industry, on the other hand, the Bank of Zambia has published the bank charges, interest and lending rates for all commercial banks as at 30th June, 2016.

This is done pursuant to Section 121A(I) of the Banking and Financial Services Act, Chapter 387 of the Laws of Zambia, which gives the Bank of Zambia power to publish any data or information it may determine to be in the public interest.

Posted by Adminstrator on September 06, 2016

The maize industry stakeholders have proposed that there is need for the government to have policies in place that will harness the potential of large and medium scale farmers to produce early maize with a view to maximize the regional market potential. The early maize, which would be planted under irrigation before the on-set of the rain season, would also act as a national food security buffer should need arise. It was however noted that farmers can only be incentivised to produce early maize if there are export off-takers and guarantees from government.

Posted by Adminstrator on September 06, 2016

Southern Africa Ferro Alloys (SAFA) has partnered with Serenje District Farmers’ Association in implementing a technology of making charcoal from residual maize cobs after shelling. The company has since started buying shelled maize cobs from farmers in the district. Speaking to farmers at an awareness meeting held recently in the district, Same Parveer, the SAFA Project Manager asked farmers to maximize the opportunity by not burning the cobs after shelling for they are an important part in the innovation.

Posted by Adminstrator on August 29, 2016

Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry convened a stakeholders meeting on Thursday, 25th August 2016 to consult on possible options for government to counter the banning of Zambian exports into Zimbabwe. The meeting was as a result of the different measures implemented by the Zimbabwean authorities to ban Zambian exports into their country. Some of the exports from Zambia that are banned in Zimbabwe include soya cake, and other manufactured products.

Posted by Adminstrator on August 29, 2016

The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has expressed concern on the levels of aflatoxins in peanut butter currently permissible in Zambia. This came to light during a ZABS Technical Committee on Legumes, Pulses and Derived products meeting that was held on 25th August 2016. The committee proposed that the permissible limit of aflatoxins in peanut butter be reduced from 15ppb (parts per billion) to 10ppb in line with international standards.

Posted by Adminstrator on August 29, 2016

The Southern African region has a deficit of over 7.3 million metric tons of Maize for the 2016/17 marketing season. This came to light during A stock monitoring Committee held today, 26th August 2016 at the Ministry of Agriculture Offices in Lusaka.  According to FEWSNET, the estimated Deficits for Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and South Africa are 953,000, 2.25 million tons, 1.75 million tons and 2.39 million tons respectively.

Posted by Adminstrator on August 22, 2016

The Tobacco board of Zambia (TBZ) has started buying tobacco from independent tobacco growers in Eastern Province. This is after a long struggle by the farmers to have a market for their self-sponsored tobacco crop. The farmers are happy with the prices that are being offered by TBZ which are ranging between k4 per kg to k23.5 per kg for barley tobacco. This came to light when ZNFU Regional Manager for Eastern region, Virgil Malambo, visited the Chipata main tobacco marketing floors this week.

Posted by Adminstrator on August 22, 2016

Government is in the process of reviewing the Workers’ Compensation Act of 1999 to make it relevant to industry. This was disclosed during the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA)- Private Sector Liaison Forum Meeting attended by ZNFU during the week. The Workers Compensation Act of 1999 establishes the Workers Control Fund where all employers are required to contribute money per worker aimed at ensuring workers against accidents while on duty.

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