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.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 23, 2016

A devastating pest that mainly attacks tomato crops has broken out on farms in Kafue district and surrounding areas.Kafue District Farmers’ Association Chairperson Mrs. Chuma Sianga confirmed the outbreak of the pest called Tuta Absoluta and said that the matter has been reported to authorities in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 23, 2016

The Bank of Zambia, monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has maintained the policy rate at 15.5 percent owing to the following factors:

Posted by Adminstrator on May 19, 2016

Lusaka, May 19, 2016 - Following the anouncement of maize floor price by government, ZNFU has received numerous complaints from farmers regarding the FRA buying price which has been set at ZMW75 per 50 KG bag of maize for the 2015/16 crop.

As communicated to our members last week, ZNFU has had consultations with government on the 2015/16 maize marketing arrangements in Zambia. The major concern by the Union is that the price of ZMW75 per 50KG bag of maize is subeconomic and unattractive given the:

Posted by Adminstrator on May 16, 2016

The Namwala District Council has embarked on a program to restrict animal movements in the town. The district has the largest cattle population of over 139,000. However, there has been uncontrolled movement of these animals during the dry season. This has led to many people not being able to have backyard gardens as crops are destroyed by the animals. The council has decided to restrict animals moving around in the township, which would also control outbreaks of Zoonotic diseases.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 16, 2016

ZNFU today met the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Given Lubinda, to discuss the 2015/16 agriculture marketing modalities. This follows concerns and inquiries from farmers in Central, Eastern, Northern, North Western and Western provinces on the maize floor price, exports of last year’s stocks and other challenges faced by farmers in the movement of maize stocks to markets.

The Hon. Minister to furnish his office with more data on famer concerns on the maize prices and to   this effect, the ZNFU would like to urge members to wait for the resolutions of the ongoing consultations.

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