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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 October 28, 2013

During the deliberations of the wheat commodity committee, it was concluded that the country would have more than enough wheat as farmers had planted about 39,689 hectares of the cereal with preliminary production estimates pegged at 271, 473MT. It was also highlighted that while the area under irrigation has gone up, not all the land is under wheat as some of it has gone to barley, pastures and winter maize.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on October 28, 2013

With national statistics indicating that about 52 percent of the agricultural labour force in Zambia being women, the ZNFU feels time has come to give prominence in everything that women do and narrow the inequalities that exist between women and men engaged in farming.  Speaking during the International Day of Rural Women at the 108th ZNFU annual Congress former Union first vice president Dr Evelyn Nguleka said women are a big part of the ZNFU and their input is irreplaceable.

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Posted by jonathan.ngoma on October 14, 2013

Government, through the issuance of Statutory Instrument (S.I) No. 85 of 2013 has banned the export of maize grain, maize bran and No. 3 meal with immediate effect. Only government to government exports and exports by the World Food Programme (WFP) are exempted from this S.I signed by the Minister of Agriculture on 9th September 2013. All export permits issued before or after the release of this S.I have since been revoked.

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