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.

Posted by Adminstrator on July 26, 2016

Following the impounding of over 20 trucks loaded with maize bran alleged targeted for smuggling to neighboring ‘lucrative’ markets, the Dairy Association of Zambia (DAZ) is encouraging all its members to be on the lookout and report vehicles suspected of carrying bran for illegal export to the Anti-smuggling task force team through the DAZ secretariat. The Association is concerned with the high cost of bran due to ‘artificial’ shortages created by bran smuggling. A 25kg bag of maize bran is costing as high as K38 in some districts.

Posted by Adminstrator on July 19, 2016

Zambia’s Fish supply from aquaculture increased from 5,125 metric tons in 2004 to 22,753 metric tons in 2015. This is according to the speech by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MFL) Dr. David Shamulenge read on his behalf by the Director Human Resources Management-MFL during the stakeholders’ meeting for development of fingerings and broodstock standards on 12th July, 2016 in Chongwe of which ZNFU participated.

Posted by Adminstrator on July 19, 2016

The wheat stakeholders met on Thursday 14th July 2016 at the ZNFU offices to review the current wheat marketing season with reference to the local wheat supply and demand needs as recommended by the Ministry of Agriculture last week.  The Stakeholders resolved to appoint a smaller committee to consider the request by millers for an importation allowance of about 59,000MT of wheat with due consideration of the locally available stocks and the estimated requirements before the 2016 crop is ready for milling.

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