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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Kenya fears sugar imports will suppress local industry

Kenyan millers say the import of duty-free sugar from Zambia and other countries can suffocate the local industry. In May, the Kenyan government permitted cheaper sugar imports without restrictions on quantity or specific importers to cushion the country’s deficit of more than 300 000 tons. The move also allowed Kenya…

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Zambia “open for business”

Zambia is open for business, but local companies must also take initiative and actively seek investments from the South African market, said Zambian Finance Minister Felix Mutati. “This meeting should address how businesses can work with each other. Zambians must not wait for South African firms to only come and…

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Kenyans scramble to buy Zambian maize

A Kenyan delegation is in Zambia to seal a deal with government on the import of maize, says Finance Minister Felix Mutati. According to Mutati the delegation is a combination of grain buying associations in the east-African nation. Zambia registered a bumper harvest of 3.6 million tons of maize, enough…

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