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

Mouth Piece of the Agricultural Sector

Posted by Adminstrator on March 07, 2016

The District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO) for Petauke, Mwaba Lubasi has advised cooperatives and other farmer groups in the district to provide accurate information regarding the membership of their groups during the ongoing district farmer registration program. The district through the department of Agriculture has embarked on an activity to update the district farmer register in order to have accurate and actual information regarding the number of farmers in Petauke district.

Posted by Adminstrator on March 07, 2016

His Excellency President Edgar C. Lungu launched the construction of what will be the largest dam in the history of the country’s agriculture sector at a total cost of US$ 28 million. Mwomboshi dam in Chisamba district will be constructed by Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company Limited of China within a period of 30 months.Speaking during the launch of the project and laying of the foundation stone on Tuesday this week, President Lungu said Mwomboshi dam will have the capacity to store 65 million cubic metres of water with a dam wall of 1,700 metres long and 23 metres high.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 29, 2016

Zambia’s annual inflation rate has increased to 22.9 percent in February from 21.8 percent the previous month due to a rise in the prices of both food and non-food items. The increase in the non-food inflation rate between February 2015 and February 2016 has been mainly attributed to the increase in water and sewerage charges as well as transportation costs. 

Posted by Adminstrator on February 29, 2016

Some parts of the Copperbelt have recorded an increase in stock theft with Luanshya district leading in the number of cattle and pigs stolen so far.  Over seventeen (17) cattle and eleven (11) pigs have reportedly been stolen from three separate farms around Fisenge farming area, while Lufwanyama and Chingola have also recorded some cattle rustling of over five animals around Kambilombilo and Chimfunshi areas, respectively.  It is suspected that some Congolese business people are behind this spate of criminal activity and are buying slaughtered animals at very good prices.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 29, 2016

ZNFU farmers on the ZESCO/ZNFU Committee have asked government to expedite the process of developing a Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) Legislation in order to incentivise and fast track investments in the energy sector. The REFIT legislation establishes parameters that would enable independent power producers sell power to the national grid at a cost reflective price. The major advantage of the REFIT legislation is that it would provide predictability on investments in the renewable energy markets such as solar, wind, and bioenergy.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 22, 2016

Fruits and Vegetable farmers in Chavuma district of North Western Province have been urged to take advantage of the ever-increasing prices for tomatoes and vegetables to make good money. Speaking during a training that took place at Chavuma District Farmers’ Association (DFA) offices on Wednesday this week, the DFA Fruits & Vegetables Commodity Representative, Pimpa Habeenzu, said farmers needed to take advantage of the high tomato prices during this period. Mr. Habenzu said vegetables are hard to grow during this rainy period but very profitable to those that manage to grow them. Mr.

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