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Posts tagged as “Maize”

‘Share relief food equally’

VICE-PRESIDENT W.K Mutale- Nalumango has called on Zambians to ensure that the relief food being distributed to drought affected areas is shared equally.Ms Mutale- Nalumango said this in Chongwe yesterday when she visited Kanakantapa Resettlement Scheme and surrounding areas to inspect the effects of the drought on farming activities in the area.She said the Government […]

‘Meet 10m tonnes maize production target’

PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has called on the farming community to ensure that the country produces its 10 million tonnes of maize target despite the persistent dry spell that has characterized the agriculture season.ZANIS reports that President Hichilema said farmers should work hard and ensure that the target was achieved despite issues of climate change that […]

HH assures farmers

By MUNAMBEZA MUWANEI – PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema yesterday launched this season’s early maize harvest of 146,000 tonnes with an assurance to farmers that the Government will buy all the maize that will be grown.The President also directed the Water Resource Management Authority (WARMA) and Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) to approve all the pending applications […]

6m need food support!

By JAMES KUNDA – SIX million Zambians require relief food support in light of a debilitating drought which has hit parts of the southernAfrican region.And Government has so far released 13,419.5 tonnes of relief white maize to 67 food insecure districts through theDisaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).Vice-President W.K Mutale-Nalumango told Parliament yesterday that the […]

‘National disaster!’

By JOSEPH BANDA – PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has declared the prolonged dry spell caused by El Nino effects, as a national disaster and emergency because of its devastating effects on various sectors of the country.The El Nino effects leading to climate change phenomenon have destroyed one million of 2.2 million hectares of maize in 84 […]

Grow winter maize, farmers urged

By JAMES KUNDA – AGRICULTURE Minister Reuben Mtolo has urged farmers to explore the possibility of growing winter maize to supplement and meet a possible deficit emanating from the dry spell which is currently affecting the country.Mr Mtolo said so far, the country needed at least three million tonnes of maize to be food secure […]

Zambia is food secure – millers

By CHATULA KANGALI – MILLERS have assured that the country is food secure and has in excess of 700,000 tonnes of maize to last until the next season.Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) Andrew Chintala said the country still had enough maize to last until the next harvest.Mr Chintala said there were still some stocks which […]

HH upbeat on Zambia becoming a food basket

By CHUSA SICHONE – PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is optimistic that Zambia will realise its dream of becoming a food basket for other countries if the citizens continue working hard to enhance crop production.Mr Hichilema said the Government was happy to learn that many Zambians had ventured into maize production this farming season.“As Government, we are […]

Trade Kings plans to invest $3m in agro processing

By KETRA KALUNGA – TRADE Kings Group is in the short to medium term planning an agro-processing investment of $3 million.Group corporate affairs executive director Phil Daka said $3 million would be invested in value addition on maize and later processed into glucose and cornstarch.Mr Daka said in a statement that funds were planned for […]

Farmers abandon yam production

By CHATULA KANGALI – SOME farmers in Mpongwe have abandoned the growing of yams due to low demand and lack of access to the market.Farmers under the Mpongwe Cooperative Union are no longer growing yams for commercial purposes.They have called for increased sensitisation on consumption of the crop as it was an alternative to other […]

Rwandese investors to support maize farming

By CHATULA KANGALISOME Rwandese investors have expressed interest in providing capital and inputs to small-scale farmers in Zambia to grow more maize.National Association of Small Scale Farmers (NASF) says the investors from Rwanda are willing to provide capital and inputs to small-scale farmers in Zambia to grow more of the staple crop.Association president Frank Kayula […]

Price sharks bite the dust

IT is preposterous to see screaming headlines in some of our daily tabloids attributed to some associations cum lobby groups bemoaning government’s latest interventions in the quest to manage the ever escalating prices of mealie meal on the market. Instead of the stakeholders applauding the latest development as one brilliant move which will help mitigate […]

Increased agro funding to spur economy

LAST week, we featured an article in which I justified the need for the agriculture sector to get a big share of the 2024 national budget.That was before Finance and National Planning Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane, for the third consecutive time, presented the budget to Parliament last Friday.In the article headlined, ‘Why agriculture should get lion’s […]

Why agriculture should get lion’s share of 2024 budget

ALL seems set for the presentation of the 2024 National Budget.Finance and National Planning minister Situmbeko Musokotwane is, for the third consecutive year, expected to present the budget to Parliament on Friday this week.Therefore, I have decided to pick one sector as my priority for this year because of the critical role it plays to […]

Demand for Zambian maize increases

By CHATULA KANGALI – THE demand for Zambian maize has increased in the African sub-region. This has been necessitated by the increased population and high production of feed for farming activities.In its monthly agriculture report for August to September, First National Bank (FNB) states that there has been an increasing demand of Zambian maize in […]

Offload maize grain on the market, MAZ urges farmers

By CHATULA KANGALI – THE Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) has bemoaned the low inflow of maize on the market which has pushed the prices of the commodity to as high as K370 per 50 kilogramme (kg) bag.MAZ president Andrew Chintala said in an interview that the price of maize had increased from K280 to […]

DEC rounds up 4 for theft, money laundering involving K6m

By CHUSA SICHONE – THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested four people in two separate incidents of theft and money laundering involving more than K6 million.In the first case, the DEC Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU) arrested three officials at a known Oil Marketing Company (OMC) for allegedly stealing and laundering over K4 million.In […]

FRA to increase maize purchase tonnage to one million

By KENNEDY MUPESENI in Mwansabombwe – THE Food Reserve Agency (FRA) board is looking at the possibility of increasing maize purchases from the budgeted for 500,000 to one million tonnes in the current marketing season.The FRA board has also attributed the supposed shortage of empty grain bags to the ongoing rush by the farmers to […]

Enraged man shoots wife four times

By ESTHER NG’ANDU – A SEVENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD man brandishing a shotgun has opened fire at his 42-year-old wife in full view of her workers as they harvested maize, shooting her four times in the chest.The man , soon after the incident, went back to his house where he committed suicide leaving a message scribbled in charcoal […]

Millers start buying maize

By CHATULA KANGALI – MILLERS have started buying maize following the drop in the moisture content in most parts of the country.Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) president Andrew Chintala says the maize moisture content in most parts of the cou...