Zambia bars import of locally grown fish

Zambian Livestock and Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo on Wednesday announced a ban on the import of locally grown species, despite the prevailing fish deficit of 40 000 tons per year. “We will only allow the importation of exotic fishes that are not found in Zambian water bodies,” Katambo said. Katambo…

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What is happening in the markets of Zambia, Namibia and South Africa?

Better yields in 2017 has seen grain prices plummeting across the markets of the region, but it is not all bad news for farmers, according to Absa Bank's regional update. ZAMBIA Soya Beans prices have plummeted and are now trading around $265 per ton. Some off takers are rumoured to…

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Mega trends in African agriculture – farming structure changing because of farm size

Farming is slowly but surely moving from small farms to much bigger ones. Prof Ferdi Meyer, director at the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), said it is one of the biggest trends on the continent, as well as in  sub-Saharan Africa. Speaking at the recent Farmers Weekly Agribusiness Africa…

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Zambian Green Party’s quest for legal marijuana falls flat

The Zambian government has rejected an application by the opposition Green Party to cultivate marijuana for medicinal use. “It will be irresponsible for government to allow the cultivation of marijuana as the plant is harmful to humans, regardless of the means of consumption,” Health Minister Chitalu Sampa told parliament. Green…

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