Zambian banks “nervous” about agricultural sector debt

The Bank of Zambia (BOZ) says the high level of debt among agricultural producers has left the banking sector “nervous” and less willing to provide finance and credit lines. In a statement released after a meeting held between BOZ Governor Denny Kalyalya and Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) president Jervis…

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Improve agricultural training in SA

Agriculture is no longer a popular career choice, and a ministerial committee should be appointed to discuss urgent problems. This was one of the recommendations from a panel of the Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) in the report “Revitalising Agricultural Education and Training in South Africa.” Several panel…

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Part 2 of 3: Ten tips for the restoration of livestock farming

The profitability and sustainability of livestock farming is under severe pressure. Fortunately, top farmer Mecki Schneider has excellent advice for extensive cattle and sheep farmers. This is the second delivery in a three part series on ten tips for the restoration of livestock farming. 2. Profitable herds An effective cow…

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