Zambia earmarks K2m to fight armyworm during 2017/2018 farming season

Government will spend K2million to implement proactive measures to fight fall armyworm in the next farming season, says Zambian Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya. Experts predict the fall armyworm outbreak that first emerged in southern Africa during the last farming season, will continue to wreak havoc in the new season. “This…

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Zambia ropes in railway firms for export of maize to East Africa

The Zambian government has called on the Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) and Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) to ease the export of 1.2 million tons of maize to East Africa. Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya said the transport of maize by rail will be cheaper than if done by road. Road…

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Government urges maize farmers to use ZAMACE

Government has urged maize producers to use the Zambia Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE) to overcome marketing challenges. “The platform will host buyers and sellers at both small and large-scale, and everybody will benefit,” says Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya. The minister’s comments come in the wake of complaints by farmers that they…

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Massive arable land for Zambian smallholder farmers lying idle

Lack of infrastructure and amenities is forcing thousands of Zambian smallholder farmers to shun massive farming blocks of arable land allocated to them by government. Sources told africanfarming.com a mere 200 000 ha of the 1 million hectares allocated for farming blocks, are being utilised. “Government has allocated 100 000…

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