Pork production: The right start for small piggeries – put the menu first and get the feeding right

The right balance in a pig's diet is the key to successful feeding and profitable pig farming, whether they are free-ranging or penned. Pigs are monogastric omnivores like humans, and cannot digest the amounts of fibre that ruminants thrive on. They eat a combination of plant- and animal- based ingredients.  There…

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Failure to curb charcoal burning escalates Zambia’s deforestation – FAO

The failure to curb charcoal burning is behind Zambia’s rapid deforestation, says a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) consultant. Makweti Sishekanu says Zambia has effective legislation but dismally fails to mobilise communities against charcoal burning, the main cause of deforestation. “We can no longer cite legal hindrance as…

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Calls for heads to roll over power failure

Vice President Inonge Wina described last week's power outage that lasted for 128 hours in five provinces as “one of Zambia’s most disastrous natural calamities”. This came amidst a growing chorus of calls for the axing of executives at the power utility company ZESCO. Speaking during the 30-minute vice president’s…

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Power restored in Zambia after 128 hrs of crippling blackout in 5 provinces

Shortly after 20:00 last night, (24/11) power had been restored after a 128-hour power failure that crippled half of Zambia, even though a few isolated areas were still in darkness. Especially poultry and dairy farmers breathed a sigh of relief, but also role players all the way down the value…

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