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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on January 20, 2014

The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) has appealed to government to urgently address challenges affecting the sustained growth of non-traditional crops such as soyabeans, coffee, cotton, wheat, barley and rice among others. This took place today when ZNFU President, Dr Evelyn Nguleka accompanied by the Second Vice President, Mr. Graham Rae and two senior economists from ZNFU secretariat appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture at Parliament building.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on January 18, 2014

The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) is deeply concerned by the late distribution of inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP). The Union says according to reports it has received, distribution of both basal and top dressing fertilizer under the 2013/2014 FISP have not yet reached some of the major farming areas.  Some of the areas that have not received inputs include Copperbelt, Central, Eastern and Southern provinces. Reports indicate that D-Compound fertilizer in some instances has not been distributed while Urea Fertilizer is not available either.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on January 18, 2014

Government and stakeholders agreed on a protocol that would allow movement of clean pigs to clean abattoirs/slaughter houses in Lusaka Province in order to avoid further business losses to farmers resulting from the ban on pigs’ movement following the outbreak of the African Swine Fiver in Lusaka.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on January 06, 2014

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed to simplify customs procedures as part of Trade Facilitation Agreement among members by reducing costs and improving their speed and efficiency. The objectives of the agreement are: 1. to speed up customs procedures; 2. make trade easier, faster and cheaper; 3. provide clarity, efficiency and transparency; 4. reduce bureaucracy and corruption, and 5. use technological advances.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on January 06, 2014

Government has today started selling maize to strategic milling companies in a bid to cushion price surges and what it has termed monopolistic tendencies by millers. Government says it will only offload the maize to legally registered millers. In offloading the maize the price for the commodity will be K1, 700 per tonne or K80 per 50kg bag along the line of rail and K1, 600 per tonne or K80 per 50kg bag in out flung areas. The maize shall be sold for the purposes for milling it into maize meal within Zambia.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on November 24, 2013

Government has today started selling maize to strategic milling companies in a bid to cushion price surges and what it has termed monopolistic tendencies by millers. Government says it will only offload the maize to legally registered millers. In offloading the maize the price for the commodity will be K1, 700 per tonne or K80 per 50kg bag along the line of rail and K1, 600 per tonne or K80 per 50kg bag in out flung areas. The maize shall be sold for the purposes for milling it into maize meal within Zambia.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on November 24, 2013

Heifer International has donated 42 animals to Nabayuni and Panuka farmers’ groups in Mazabuka. The two cooperative groups have received 20 female animals and 1 bull each in a deliberate effort that targets the empowerment women farmers.  The animals are intended for drought power to mitigate the vulnerability of women in agricultural production. During the same handover ceremony, the World Food Organization donated 150kgs of cowpeas, 5 rippers and 15×50kgs of agricultural lime to each group.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on November 24, 2013

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has launched a Conservation Agriculture Program in Sesheke district under the Community Centred Conservation and Development Project (CCCDP). Speaking at the launch last week in Sesheke on 8thNovember 2013, WWF Project Coordinator Ms. Ngula Mubonda stressed the need to conserve nature in farming areas. She stated that one of the aims of the project was to ameliorate the rampant Human-Animal conflict in and around the farming area through Community Based approaches. Ms.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on November 24, 2013

It has been a packed week for the ZNFU President with a continuation of familiarization meetings (as reported last week) with Government, Cooperating Partners and other stakeholders. The President met with the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, the country representative of the African Development Bank, the country representative for the FAO, the Director General of the National Broadcaster, ZNBC, the Ambassador of Finland and the Regional Director for WE EFFECT (previously called the Swedish Cooperative Centre).

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on November 07, 2013

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