Botswana bans imports of Zim poultry after avian flu outbreak

The Government of Botswana have announced a ban on all poultry products from Zimbabwe after an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian flu. “As a result, the import of domesticated and wild birds, their products (meat, eggs, feathers etc.) and poultry feed from Zimbabwe is banned with immediate effect,” government…

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Worry about levies after Zambia lifts maize export ban

Zambia might have lifted its maize export ban, but farmers are still worried about the 10% export levy they’ll have to fork up. Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya said government decided to lift the ban because the expected bumper harvest of 3.6 million tons will likely ensure the country’s food…

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Government indefinitely extends Luapula fish ban due to cholera outbreak

Zambian livestock minister Michael Katambo announced an indefinite fish ban in Luapula Province to curb the spread of cholera which broke out in districts surrounding Lake Mweru-Luapula, the province’s main fishing waterway. All fishing areas –Lake Bangweulu, Mweru-wa-ntipa, Mweru-Luapula, Lukanga Swamps, Lusuwashi, Lower Zambezi and Chambeshi – are closed from…

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Zambia bans the import of locally available products

The Zambian government announced a ban on the import of agricultural produce which include tomatoes, onions, carrots, mangoes and potatoes. Fruit like pineapple, lemons and watermelons are also on the list of prohibited imports. Local farmers welcomed the move, but multinational chain stores are incensed and are demanding that the…

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