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.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 01, 2016

The newly built Kalombo dip-tank in Chavuma district has opened to the public. Chavuma district has been experiencing livestock diseases such as the infamous CBPP and in an effort to curb the disease outbreaks veterinary department in Chavuma built a dip tank in Kalombo area specifically to deal with tick borne diseases. During the opening ceremony where the ZNFU was also invited, the District Veterinary Officer (DVO), Dr. Masuzyo Ngoma said that some farmers were still hesitant to bring their animals for dipping but hoped that the numbers will increase over time.

 

Posted by Adminstrator on February 01, 2016

The annual rate of inflation, as measured by the all items Consumer Price Index (CPI) for January 2016 increased to 21.8 percent compared to 21.1 percent recorded in December, 2015. This means that on average, prices increased by 21.8 percent between January 2015 and January 2016.

The increase in the annual rate of inflation was attributed to both Food and Non-food items. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures changes over time in the general level of prices of goods and services that households acquire for the purpose of consumption, with reference to the price level in 2009.

Posted by Adminstrator on February 01, 2016

At the Special Board Meeting of the ZNFU Board of Directors held on 29th January 2016, the Board considered the preliminary audit report commissioned by SIDA and carried out by Elasto Mambo of EMM Corporate Partners, and the Board found the report had serious inconsistences and lacked credibility, and therefore the Board resolved as follows:

Posted by Adminstrator on January 27, 2016

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Posted by Adminstrator on January 26, 2016

ZAMPALM, a subsidiary of Zambeef Group of Companies, is working in Mpika district Chief Kopa chiefdom growing palm trees and processing it into finished products. The company currently has 3,000 ha of palm tree plantation and is expanding steadily every year. The company wants to bring the local people on board in the chiefdom by embarking on an out grower scheme to help uplift the lives of the local people.  This came to light during the consultative meeting with the relevant stakeholders which was held this week on the 20th January 2016 at the District Commissioner’s office.

Posted by Adminstrator on January 26, 2016

Choma and Kalomo farmers have called upon ZESCO to implement the new electricity tariffs in phases. This came to light during a meeting held with ZESCO in Choma at the ZNFU office on 19th January 2016. The exasperated farmers said the tariff increase of 250% for the Maximum Demand (MD) customers has affected their productivity, as production costs have more than doubled. Their main concern is the way the tariff has been implemented, as the increase was done at once. They expected gradual increase in acceptable percentages until the required percentage was reached.

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