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.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 10, 2016

Honourable Lubinda, Minister of Agriculture issued a warning to Tobacco marketing companies that government will not take kindly to a repeat of the poor marketing arrangements for Tobacco that took place last year. This follows revelations that some farmers have still not been paid for the crop they sold to some marketing companies. The Minister attributed the reduction in production of Virginia and Burley Tobacco by 36.70% and 6.47% to 12,540 MT and 6,476 MT respectively to poor marketing arrangements for the crop last year.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 10, 2016

The 2015/2016 crop forecasting survey revealed that the country will record an increased maize harvest of 2,873,052 metric tonnes. This was revealed by the Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda during a press briefing on the crop forecasting survey for the 2015/2016 Agricultural season and the food balance status.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 10, 2016

The dialogue sessions of the 2016 World Farmers’ Organization (WFO) General Assembly came to a close on Friday with strong calls for farmers to enter into strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships that are necessary to enhance agriculture.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 04, 2016

Results from the 2015 Living conditions survey by the Central Statistical office reveal that about 54.4 percent of Zambia’s 15.47 million population live below the poverty line. Poverty levels are highest in rural areas with 76.6 percent of the rural population being poor while only 23.4 percent of the urban population was found to be living on less than K214.26 per adult equivalent.

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