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ZAMBIA’s successive maize bumper harvests indicate that the country has found sustainable ways to deal with common challenges that small-scale farmers, who are the key players in the country’s crop production, face. While in the past farming seasons the country has continued to record bumper harvests, the country is expected to record a historic maize bumper harvest in...

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ESAFF Zambia Mourns Its Chairperson

ESAFF Zambia is mourning the pass on of Mr Kennedy Samujimu Chipoya who passed away on the 10th August 2020 after a short illness. The late Chipoya was born on 18th June 1969 in the touristic town of Livingstone, in Southern Province of Zambia. He had his early education in his native Copperbelt Province where he had his...

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Monze smallholder farmers undergo training to improve their activities.

Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum(ESAFF)Zambia Coordinator Henry Singili has observed the need to urgently build capacity among smallholder farmers to negotiate on various government agriculture policies in order to meet their needs and help improve productivity in the sector. Mr. Singili is of the view that most peasant farmers in Southern Africa lack the capacity...

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Zambia’s maize production goes up

Zambia recorded an increase in maize production in 2020 compared to 2019, figures released by the country's agriculture ministry showed on Wednesday. The 2019/2020 crop forecasting survey revealed that the country has produced some 3,387,469 tons of maize in 2020, an increase from 2,004,389 tons last year, representing a 69 percent increase. Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo, who...

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Peasants’ food for thought

RESTRICTIONS on the export of maize are among reasons which have been cited for lack of incentives by farmers to escalate the production of the staple crop. It is argued that allowing commercial and small-scale farmers to export part of their maize and other agricultural produce would help them earn more and reinvest in their ventures. According to...

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GCF grants Zambia $2.1m for climate resilience

Zambia has received USD2.1 million grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for the development of a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) for Climate Resilience. In a statement Tuesday, Lusaka, Ministry of Lands permanent secretary Ndasha Yumba said the grant would enable the government to formulate a medium to long-term climate adaptation plan, which would strengthen systems for integrating...

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Zambia on track with Malabo Declaration Implementation

ZAMBIA has made tremendous progress towards the implementation of the 2014 Malabo Declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods. According to the 2019 Africa Agriculture Transformation Scorecard (AATS) released at the ongoing 2020 African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday, Zambia’s score stands at 5.11 out...

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Zambia has enough Maize to last for the next 8 months-Agriculture Minister

Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo says the country has sufficient stocks of maize to last a total of 8 months up to July 2020. Hon Katambo said in other words, if the smuggling of maize and mealie meal remains under control, the maize available in the country of one million, thirty-seven thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven point seven metric...

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KRI Zambia urges increased socio-economic decisions in agriculture sector

KRI ZAMBIA chief executive officer Frank Kayula says there is need to reduce political decisions and increase on socio-economic decisions in the agriculture sector. In a presentation, during the 2019 agriculture symposium, on enhancing productivity among small-scale farmers, Dr Kayula said there was need to also improve access to finance by innovative ways like savings and investment. He...

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Consider early planting of seeds-farmers urged

Farmers in the country have been encouraged to venture into early planting of seeds in the fourth coming 2019/2020 farming season. Small Scale Farmers’ Development Agency (SAFADA) Executive Director Boyd Moobwe says that with the rain forecast released yesterday, farmers should now consider planting drought-resistant and early maturing seed varieties. Mr Moobwe explained that in the wake of...

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