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.

Posted by Adminstrator on August 22, 2016

After holding consultative meetings, the wheat stakeholders last month agreed to allow an importation of 10, 000MT of B1 quality wheat with a view of ensuring that there was enough of the commodity on the market before the new crop comes in. It was further agreed that there was need for millers to offer signed pre-harvest contracts to farmers as an indication of their commitment to building the local wheat industry.

Posted by Adminstrator on August 15, 2016

The Union met government officials led by Ministry of Finance to discuss ZNFU tax proposals for the 2017 national budget. During the meeting, ZNFU appealed to Ministry of Finance that proposals that seek to provide relief to the agriculture sector must be granted in the 2017 national budget in order to realistically diverse the economy away from mining.

Posted by Adminstrator on August 09, 2016

President Edgar Lungu this week officially re-opened the Mulungushi Textiles in Kabwe after government concluded the takeover of the company from Muhammad Enterprise. This comes after about nine years since the firm ceased operations due to operational challenges. During the reopening ceremony, President Edgar Lungu disclosed that government will invest 15 million US dollars in re-establishing the factory.

Posted by Adminstrator on August 09, 2016

The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has launched a Self-Assessment initiative on customs clearance procedures aimed at facilitating trade at border posts in line with international best practice standards. In a self-assessment system, traders calculate and pay their own Customs Duty without intervention from customs officials. Self-Assessment places responsibility to correctly declare particulars of a customs transaction on importers and exporters. With this trade facilitation tool, ZRA officials at border post will be confined to undertaking audit functions post clearance.

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