Early warning of crop diseases for Zambian farmers

Zambian smallholder farmers will get the benefit of early warning systems to manage crop diseases. The project, dubbed Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE), is the product of the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences (CABI) and the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI). The project will provide real-time, country-level information on crop…

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‘Zambia’s maize harvest prospects good’, says food security body

An international organisation which provides early warning and analysis on food insecurity, says Zambia’s maize harvest prospects for this season looks good, despite pest infestation and delays in input delivery. “Given the good seasonal rainfall, crop conditions are good, and household level food stocks will significantly improve,” reads the latest…

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“Zambia ill-prepared for fight against armyworm” – expert

Scientist Kavwanga Yambayamba says Zambia should have been better prepared to control armyworm, while a local ecology think-tank called for harmonised research in curbing crop pests that were currently ravaging maize fields. Prof. Yambayamba says past outbreaks of other agricultural pests should have adequately prepared the nation to swiftly quell…

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