Farmers to revive disused government farms

The farming community in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Midlands have taken ownership of an empowerment initiative to ensure neglected government farms in the area are productive again. Farmers near Mooirivier want to uplift the community by reviving the farms and empowering and training people. The uMATI initiative, a non-profit organisation, will…

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Zambia government reverses 10% maize export duty

The Zambian government has reversed the 10% export duty on raw maize following an outcry from farmers. The duty was ostensibly imposed to encourage value addition and job creation. Farmers relentlessly fought against the tax, describing it as a major policy inconsistency that will discourage increased grain productivity. Zambian National…

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Decision not to dictate maize price cheers consumer advocacy group

The consumer advocacy group Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) has welcomed government’s decision to leave maize prices to market forces. The group also asked for a policy instrument in the form of a price band to avoid market distortions when government went beyond buying strategic grain reserves. “The decision…

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Zambian maize farmers must target East African markets – PMRC

The Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) says the maize surplus in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region provides an opportunity for Zambian maize farmers to exploit the north and East African markets. PMRC executive director Bernadette Deka says farmers can take advantage of price differentials between surplus and…

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