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.

Posted by Adminstrator on July 12, 2016

The Dairy Association of Zambia is encouraging all milk producers and processors to ensure that they and their employees go for medical examinations and obtain certificates of fitness. This is a mandatory requirement as enshrined in the Food and Drugs Act and the Public Health Act of the Laws of Zambia. It is  also a food safety measure that prevents contamination of milk and protects against spreading of contagious diseases. If one engages an employee despite knowing that he/she has contagious infection(s) it could result in legal repercussions.

Posted by Adminstrator on July 12, 2016

The Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) has requested for a bran export allowance of 15,000 metric tons in order to free up storage space for the new maize crop. The request was made during a stakeholders meeting that took place on 7th July 2016 at the Ministry of Agriculture in Lusaka, which was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Julius Shawa.

Posted by Adminstrator on June 29, 2016

Dr Evelyn Nguleka, President of ZNFU has assured the Tobacco Association of Zambia (TAZ) of continued support on lobbying government to exempt VAT on green leaf tobacco in order to improve competitiveness and productivity aimed stimulating investment in the subsector. Dr Nguleka said this yesterday when she officiated at the 2016 TAZ Annual General Meeting that was held in Lusaka.

Posted by Adminstrator on June 29, 2016

Farmers in Katete and Sinda districts have continued expressing their reluctance in selling their maize grain to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA). A snap check by ZNFU Staffer in about 22 satellite depots in both districts reviewed that not even a single bag has been delivered on the market and farmers talked said it was difficult for them to sell to FRA when private buyers were offering more attractive commodity prices than FRA. The private sector in two districts are buying maize at K2.00 per kg.

Posted by Adminstrator on June 28, 2016

ZNFU has submitted its 2017 Tax and Non-Tax Proposals to Ministry of Finance for consideration and possible inclusion in the 2017 National Budget. The ZNFU proposals are focussing on improving agricultural productivity and competiveness in the 2017 fiscal year and beyond by:

Posted by Adminstrator on June 20, 2016

The National Electronic Single Window (NeSW) connection of the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) to ASYCUDA World was officially launched by the Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Hon.

Posted by Adminstrator on June 20, 2016

The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) today, Friday 17th June 2016, held a Fruits and Vegetables stakeholders meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss possible ways of containing and controlling the current Tuta Absoluta outbreak and coming up with a Multi-Stakeholders Strategy to prevent further spread and new outbreaks of the disease and further form a Taskforce to implement the identified the resolutions.

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