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“Tobacco is strategic crop”

“Tobacco is strategic crop”

Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya says tobacco remains one of the key strategic crops relevant to the country’s social and economic growth.   Ms. Siliya says if properly harnessed, the tobacco industry has potential to grow the economy and improve livelihoods of people.   In a speech read for her by Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius […]

Fish wastage costs K58m

Fish wastage costs K58m

Twenty two percent of the annual fish catch in the Barotse Flood Plains in Western Province goes to waste due to poor preservation. Provincial Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba says the wastage represents about 58 million Kwacha. Mr. Liomba said there is need to promote improved fish processing and preservation technologies, which can help to reduce […]

FRA targets 14 870mt for CB

FRA targets 14 870mt for CB

  The Food Reserve Agency -FRA- will buy over 14, 8-hundred and 70 metric tonnes of maize from farmers on the Copperbelt during this year’s crop marketing exercise.   FRA Assistant Internal Auditor SIMON ANASHI says this is from the expected 2-hundred and 48 thousand metric tonnes of maize produced by both small and large-scale […]

”Keep your hands clean”

”Keep your hands clean”

    Government has strongly warned Food Reserve Agency- FRA depot clerks against fraudulent activities during this year’s crop marketing season.   Acting Livingstone District Commissioner James Zimba notes with concern reports of clerks stealing from government by altering figures.   Mr. ZIMBA was speaking at a training for FRA buyers in Livingstone.   He […]

$50m for fish farming

$50m for fish farming

Government has identified women and young farmers among people that are to benefit from the 50 million U.S Dollar financing for fish farming.   Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Michael Katambo says small holder farmers are earmarked to benefit from the African Development Bank funds.   Mr. Katambo says Zambia is poised to become the […]

Agro-industrialization key

Agro-industrialization key

The Ministry of National Development Planning says agricultural industrialisation is targeted at spurring growth in the medium term.   Ministry of National Development Planning Permanent Secretary Chola Chabala says this will also facilitate diversification of the economy.   Mr. Chabala says the key sectors and projects have been prioritised for investment under the 7th National […]

Back LUNGU-Kabaghe

Back LUNGU-Kabaghe

    The Indaba Agricultural Research Institute has challenged farming experts to tap into President Edgar Lungu’s vision to transform the country’s economy through agriculture.   IAPRI Executive Director Chance Kabaghe says key players in the agriculture sector have a duty to implement government’s policies on farming in order to trigger agricultural transformation.   Speaking […]

ZFE signs Soya beans MOU

ZFE signs Soya beans MOU

    The Zambia Federation of Employers -ZFE- has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Employers Federation of Pakistan for exportation of soya beans and coal to that country.   The MOU was endorsed on the sidelines of the 106 International Labour Conference in Geneva Switzerland.   ZFE President Wesley Chishimba who signed on […]

Farmers thank LUNGU

Farmers thank LUNGU

National Union for Small Scale Farmers Association of Zambia Director General Frank Kayula has thanked President Edgar Lungu for listening to the cries of the farmers on the 10 per cent tax slapped on Maize export.   Dr. Kayula says the planned meeting with the Head of State is welcome because it will give chance […]

Colleges told to farm

Colleges told to farm

Government says it expects all schools and colleges to engage in productive agricultural activities that promote food security at household and national levels.   Ministry of General Education Permanent Secretary Henry Tukombe says there is no justification for institutions of learning to fail to implement President Edgar Lungu’s directive for all schools to undertake agricultural […]

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