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.

Posted by Adminstrator on March 16, 2016

The Ministry of Agriculture through Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) on 7th March 2016 launched the Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service (PQPS) website and Zambia National Farmers Union witnessed the launch. This website was established through a project on Plant health funded by the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

While the website is undergoing improvements members of the public will access useful information that include;

Posted by Adminstrator on March 15, 2016

The government has terminated contracts for four milling companies that have allegedly breached the voluntary legal obligation agreement to supply mealie-meal at reduced prices after accessing subsidised maize from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA). The government sold 750,368 tonnes of maize to selected millers at a subsidised price of about $170 per tonne to keep local maize meal prices low.

Posted by Adminstrator on March 15, 2016

Zambia is likely to produce 2.4 million tonnes of maize in the current 2015/2016 crop season, down from 2.6 million tonnes the previous season due to drought, according to Minister of Agriculture Hon. Given Lubinda. He told a media briefing that poor rainfall in some parts of the southern African nation at the start of the 2015/2016 season had led to poor crop.Hon. Lubinda said grain traders were holding 227,245 tonnes of maize which they would be allowed to export because Zambia expected this year’s harvest in slightly over one month.

Posted by Adminstrator on March 09, 2016

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