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.

Posted by Adminstrator on May 04, 2016

Farmers who grew soya beans in the 2015/16 season in Chadiza and Vubwi districts have expressed happiness at the announcement of this marketing season Soya beans’ price by Cargill Zambia. The price of the crop last marketing season was K 2.50 /kg from the same company, while other buyers were buying at K 2.00 /kg. But this year the commodity price is very much impressive to farmers as it has been pegged at K5.00/kg while the other private buyers are buying at K3.50/Kg.

Posted by Adminstrator on April 25, 2016

For the first time in Africa, global leaders in the agricultural industry will converge at AVANI Victoria Falls Resort, Livingstone, Zambia, from 4th to 7th May 2016 for the 6th General Assembly of the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO).

Posted by Adminstrator on April 19, 2016

A suspected livestock disease has broken out in Lufwanyama's Lyamaoma farming area under Chief Fungulwe of the Lamba People. According to the source suspected Dematophylosis otherwise locally known as Senkobo has been identified by the local veterinary officers in the area. A total of about 18 cattle have been reported to have died in the last few weeks, prompting cattle owners around the district to seek government intervention by ensuring that experts are quickly sent into the affected area and ascertain the situation.  


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