Posted by Adminstrator on April 18, 2016

Agritech Expo 2016 which has been built on the many successes of the 2015 version and the third in the series was today officially graced by His Excellency, Edgar Chagwa Lungu. The Agritech Expo 2016 which opened its gates yesterday will run from 14th to 16th April, 2016 at GART, in Chisamba. Speaking during the official opening, the President has assured the farmers that his government will fully support agricultural development to enhance food security nationally and regionally.

Posted by Adminstrator on April 11, 2016

The Government on 5th April, 2016 banned the exports of maize and maize products with immediate effect for a period of one week. When announcing the ban, Agriculture Permanent Secretary Mr. Julius Shawa stated that the suspension was aimed at stabilizing mealie meal prices across the country. The government is currently undertaking a verification exercise to ascertain the actual quantities of maize available in the country and the export ban may be extended depending on the outcome of the verification exercise.

Posted by Adminstrator on April 11, 2016

The Illegal export of mealie meal and maize bran has reached alarming levels with almost all border points with the Democratic Republic of Congo on the Copperbelt experiencing the scourge. It is reported that some people are using bush tracks to ferry the commodity into the DRC which is fetching around K200 per 25kg bag. The practice has caused an acute shortage of the commodities in most parts of the Copperbelt resulting into panic buying by residents.

Posted by Adminstrator on April 04, 2016

Zesco has written to the Energy Regulations Board (ERB) to extend the grace period for Power Factor Correction (PFC) equipment surcharge to September 2016. This came to light during the ZNFU/ZESCO Committee meeting that took place on 31st March 2016 at ZNFU Head Office in Lusaka. This followed a request by farmers through ZNFU to extend the grace period of the surcharge in view of the numerous challenges associated with the supply and installation of the PFC equipment.

Posted by Adminstrator on April 04, 2016

The Wheat and Barley Commodity Committee met on Wednesday 30th March to consider the request by millers to allow the imports of wheat. The Farmers were concerned that the season had started off on a slow note due to the over-importation of the commodity last year with some millers failing to meet their initial contractual obligations. It was further noted that the uptake of wheat from farmers was slow despite the local prices being lower than import parity.

Posted by Adminstrator on March 30, 2016

Farmers in Chipata district have asked the government through the Ministry of Agriculture and livestock to rehabilitate community dams which have been damaged due to silting and lack of maintenance. The farmers said that, with the current poor rainfall pertain experienced in the district and throughout the country, there was need for the government to help farmers rehabilitate community dams that have collapsed so that farmers can diversify to livestock farming and horticulture.

Posted by Adminstrator on March 30, 2016

Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Given Lubinda, MP, has said that he is very happy with the success of the e-voucher system during the current farming season when the system was piloted in 13 districts. The Minister said this during the SeedCo annual field day held on 22nd March, 2016 in Lusaka West. Honourable Lubinda said the e-voucher system had scored a number of positives, among them the reduction of government expenditure on the Farmer Input Support Program (FISP).

Posted by Adminstrator on March 21, 2016

The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock through Small Agribusiness Promotion Programme (SAPP) commissioned the development of a Grading and Pricing System of pigs and goats. This came to light during the stakeholders meeting to review the consultancy report on the Grading and Pricing System and ZNFU was present.

Posted by Adminstrator on March 21, 2016

ZESCO limited has embarked on a project aimed at upgrading electricity transmission and distribution networks in Lusaka in order to meet the increasing demand for power in the city. The project is funded by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank. The project will involve upgrading of Chilanga, Leopard Hill and Lusaka West substations, among other activities.

Posted by Adminstrator on March 21, 2016

The Stock Monitoring Committee chaired by the Ministry of Agriculture established that the country had about 848,900.61 MT of maize in stock, which was sufficient to meet the national requirements before the new crop comes in May/June 2016. This figure was based on submission of stock levels by the Grain Traders association (GTAZ), the Food Reserve Agency (FRA), the Millers Association and ZNFU.

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