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.

Posted by Adminstrator on June 20, 2016

Government has increased the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) maize purchase price for a 50 kg bag from K75 earlier announced by the Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Given Lubinda to K85. The increment was announced by the Republican President Mr Edgar Lungu on Thursday 16th June 2016.

Posted by Adminstrator on June 14, 2016

Zambia can increase its benefits from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). This came to light during a meeting held on 7th June at the Zambia Development Agency Offices to review the study findings on the “Zambia AGOA Strategy Development Initiative”. The study was done with the aim of facilitating the implementation of a sustainable strategy following the reauthorisation of AGOA in 2015.

Posted by Adminstrator on June 13, 2016

The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) has urged government to implement a predictable open maize export policy during EL Niño years in order to take advantage of high demand for the maize commodity in regional markets and to stimulate improved production by Zambian farmers. The Union noted that most of the countries in the region such as Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, and Malawi recorded huge maize deficits while Zambia is expected to produce a surplus.

Posted by Adminstrator on June 07, 2016

The price of tomato on the Copperbelt has remained high for the third month running this year. A box of tomatoes is fetching around K250 per crate in major cities, and K320 to k400 per box at Kasumbalesa border post in Chililabombwe. Prices of the commodity have kept on appreciating because of the ever increasing demand despite many farmers going into tomato production. There has been an unprecedented demand for the commodity within and around Copperbelt especially by the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Posted by Adminstrator on June 07, 2016

Production Finance and Technology Plus (PROFIT+) in collaboration with Zambia Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE) this week conducted a sensitization workshop for smallholder farmers on the benefits of Warehouse Receipt System (WRS). Speaking during the workshop, ZAMACE Executive Director Mr. Jacob Mwale assured the farmers that his organization was on a mission to provide an efficient and vibrant agriculture exchange, supported by storage certification and a receipt system to enhance market access, liquidity and credibility in the commodity market.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 31, 2016

Independent tobacco farmers in Eastern Province have bemoaned the lack of market for their tobacco. Some tobacco farmers who grew Tobacco independently without funding from out-grower merchants have since called upon the government to look into their plight and buy their tobacco since Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) seems to have failed to find them a buyer.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 31, 2016

TWENTY-SEVEN leading South African farmers were in the country this week seeking to explore possible areas of investment in agriculture and processing. The farmers, who were hosted by Zambia’s Ambassador to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba, said they are looking to invest up to US$100 million in sectors that include sugar cane, wheat, maize, soya beans, cotton, tobacco and livestock.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 31, 2016

Government has lifted the restriction on movement of maize within the country to enable farmers deliver their commodity to markets in urban centres. This was after representatives of ZNFU and Grain Traders Association of Zambia met the Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska at Cabinet Office on Tuesday to lobby for the lifting of the ban on movement of maize which had made it difficult for farmers to move their commodity to markets.

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