Zambia’s farm blocks get massive investor boost

Seven investors have pledged nearly K1 billion to develop farm blocks in Zambia’s Copperbelt, Northern, Luapula and North-Western provinces, said Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo. Katambo said one of the anchor investors, Seventh China Railway Group, will invest in development of infrastructure at the cost of K390 million at Kalungwishi Farm…

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Zambia seals huge deal to start farm block development

A US$390 million contract between the Zambian government and China Railways Seventh Group will transform the 200 000 ha Kalungwishi farm block into a model of inclusive agricultural growth, said Zambian Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya. Under the deal, 800 jobs are expected to be created when the project starts, while…

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Zambian government pledges US$150m for development of farming blocks

Zambian Finance Minister Felix Mutati says government will allocate US$150 million to kick-start the development of Kalungwishi Farm Block in Northern Province. Mutati says the development of the 200 000 hectare area will serve as a model for the other 1 million hectares of arable land allocated for farming blocks.…

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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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