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Agriculture in Zambia

  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • Zambia insists on fish import restriction despite deficit

    ZAMBIA, 2017/09/05 The Zambian government said on Wednesday that it will not allow imports of fish that can be locally produced despite the prevailing fish deficit in the country. Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Michael Katambo said the government will only allow for the importation of exotic fishes not found in any of the country's water bodies.
  • 'We don't know what they do behind the wall': Zambian women miss out on help

    ZAMBIA, 2017/07/02 China is setting up agricultural centres across Africa, but in Zambia – where the majority of farmers are female smallholders – few women get the luck to learn On the highway heading towards Chongwe, 15km south-east of Lusaka, the red Chinese lettering, high flagpoles and gleaming modern architecture of the Zambia Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre (ZATDC) stand out amid the vast fields of maize. It is one of 25 such centres built across the continent as part of a grand plan to bring agricultural training to local people, helping them produce better crops with higher yields, so that food security is improved for everyone.
  • Hiked Electricity Charges Will Cripple Irrigation Farming

    ZAMBIA, 2015/12/14 JERVIS Zimba has charged that the Patriotic Front government is treating farmers like idiots by failing to engage them before making critical decisions that affect the industry. And Zimba, a local farmer and former Zambia National Farmers Union president, says increased electricity tariffs will terribly cripple irrigation farming and from presently on trigger high prices of wheat and soya beans.
  • Zambia gets new project to enhance food security

    ZAMBIA, 2014/08/11 A new project geared towards reducing post-maize harvest losses and improving grain handling in Zambia was Thursday launched in the country The project dubbed, 'Bags2Bulk Project' is said to be a product of partnership spearheaded by 'AGCO', a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, and partners 'Feed the Next' Partnering for Innovation (a US Agency for International Development-funded programme). “With 80% of Zambia’s maize produced by smallholder farmers, there is significant request for improved grain storage facilities,” Nuradin Osman, AGCO Director Operations for Africa and Middle East, was quoted as saying.
  • Agriculture and Livestock Minister Bob Sichinga

    ZAMBIA, 2013/06/08 GOVERNMENT is indebted to four commercial banks to the tune of KR2.3 billion arising from financing maize subsidies, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Bob Sichinga has said. Mr Sichinga said in the current form, the subsidy programme could not be sustained without facing the risk of continued borrowing. Government owes KR2.3 billion to Prime National Bank, Finance Bank Zambia, Zanaco and Investrust Bank.
  • Zim, Zambia Finalise Grain Deal

    ZAMBIA, 2013/05/12 PRESIDENT Mugabe met Zambian Vice President Mr Guy Scott at National Home in Harare yesterday to finalise the government-to-government agreement for Zimbabwe to import 150 000 tonnes of maize from that country. The discussion at the highest level shows the President's commitment to ensure that no Zimbabwean starves next the drought that hit some parts of the country. 
  • Africa: Can Africa Satisfy Its Hunger?

    BOTSWANA, 2013/04/02 Africa frequently experiences food shortages, although its 900 million farmers could feed the continent, inclunding supplying other parts of the world. But for this to happen they need the support of politicians.
  • THE Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF)

    ZAMBIA, 2013/01/14 THE Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) will this year set up milling plants in selected provincial centres to mill the maize grown by cooperative societies. The federation has identified milling as the prime priority area in the price addition chain it intends to carry out starting this year.
  • THE Food Reserve Agency (FRA)

    ZAMBIA, 2012/12/26 THE Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has resolved to effect cash to amount unpaid farmers through the provincial government's office on the Copperbelt. The agency has said additional staff members with some senior managers from FRA chief office have been sent to the Copperbelt to attend to unpaid farmers who should be paid within week. This is contained in a statement released by FRA public relations unit yesterday.