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The Food Reserve Agency today announced a K40 increase in the buying price of a 50kg bag of maize from last year’s K110 to K150 for this year’s crop marketing season. The Agency also announced that it will pay K500 per 50kg bag of Soya Beans while K200 will be paid per 40kg bag of […]

People’s Alliance for Change President, Andyford Banda says the Patriotic Front government has failed to diversify the country’s economy from its dependence on mining to the agriculture. Mr. Banda says the failure to diversify the economy to agriculture is largely because Zambians are not able to access land. Speaking at the launch of his party’s […]

The Zambia National Farmers Union has called on Government to revoke the 10% export tax on maize grain as it discourages exports. ZNFU President, Jervis Zimba says the Ministry of Agriculture should honour the promise it made to remove the tax if the national harvest exceeds 2.2 million metric tons as the country is expected […]

The Zambia Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance says the 7% increase in maize production forecasted for this year is nothing to celebrate as it is not likely to have any tangible impact on the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Zambia. Minister of Agriculture, Michael Katambo this week announced that Zambia expects to harvest […]

Zambeef has revealed that it is now paying twice as much as it was last year to small-scale farmers for their cattle. According to the company’s Chief Operations Officer, Mike Lovett, the rise was triggered by a shortage of cattle on the market as a result of the 2018/2019 drought, increased competition and a growing […]

Minister of Agriculture, Michael Katambo says according to a crop forecast survey for the 2020/2021 agricultural season, Zambia expects to harvest up to 3,620,244 metric tonnes of maize this year as compared to the 3,387,469 metric tonnes produced last season. The Minister says the 7 percent increase in maize production is due to a combination […]

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has bemoaned the poor working conditions for most farm workers in Chongwe District. Speaking during an inspection tour of farms in Ngwerere area, Labour Minister, Joyce Simukoko observed with concern the failure by most employers to adhere to the country’s labour laws. Mrs Simukoko, who was in the […]

The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance has urged Minister of Agriculture, Michael Katambo to update the nation on the investigations launched last year into the theft of farming inputs in different parts of the country. CSO-SUN Country Coordinator, Mathews Mhuru says the Minister should tell the nation what has been done to recover the […]

A farmers organization in Eastern Province has warned that the region’s household food security is at risk due to the high cost of fertilizer. Chipata District Farmers Association Coordinator, Virgil Malambo says that both Compound-D and Top Dressing is fertilizer are fetching between K550 and K600 per 50kg bag. Mr. Malambo says this is beyond […]

The Policy Monitoring and Research Center has urged government to continue providing a conducive environment for increased private sector investment within the agriculture sector. Bernadette Zulu, the PMRC Executive Director says there is also need for increased funding towards research and development as well as extension services, to enable the country score in all the […]