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.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 22, 2016

Farmers in Mkushi have expressed displeasure at Mkushi Council for the unstable position on a number of levies being charged on farmers. This follows recent information from the local authority that the committee on finance has thrown away the agreed revised rates on grain levies and livestock movement.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 22, 2016
Posted by Adminstrator on February 15, 2016

ZNFU and other likeminded private sector players are making progress on the reduction of proposed regulatory fees on veterinary medicines and drugs by the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA). During a stakeholders’ meeting that was held on 12th February, 2016 at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, ZAMRA officials indicated that the authority had reduced some fees on veterinary medicines following concerns that were raised by stakeholders in December 2015.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 15, 2016

EU Head of Delegation to Zambia and COMESA region this week on Monday visited Mpongwe to familiarise himself and the mission of the current agriculture activities in the wake of the unstable rainfall pattern.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 08, 2016

Most commodity prices at Kasumbalesa border post in Chililabombwe have been increased, with Tomato now fetching at record high of K350 per box. Most of the commodities that are sold at the border are consumed by the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the source, the same quantity of tomatoes inside DRC is costing around K600. But the cost of small livestock -- mostly goats -- has dropped to an average of K400 from K600 in normal supply periods.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 08, 2016

The farmers in chief Nyamphande of Petauke District have called on government through the office of the District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO) to take keen interest in monitoring the operations of some cooperatives benefiting from the Farmer Input Support Program (FISP).

Posted by Adminstrator on February 08, 2016

ZNFU is currently pushing for a moratorium on electricity tariff increment for farmers falling under Maximum Demand (MD) category through the Minister of Energy and the Office of the Republican President, His Excellency Edgar Changwa Lungu. Because of the recent electricity tariff increment by the Energy Regulation Board (ERB), electricity bills for farmers falling under the Maximum Demand (MD) category have gone up by 350%, making investments in agriculture sector unviable.

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