Zambia’s cotton sector losing ground – IAPRI

Zambian cotton seed produces low yields and fetches poor prices, says the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI). IAPRI Executive Director Chance Kabaghe says the number of cotton farmers has drastically dropped from 400 000 to just below 100 000 due to uncompetitive conditions in local cotton production. “The Zambian…

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Zambian economical think-tank slams crop levies

The Indaba Agricultural Policy and Research Institute (IAPRI) says grain levies imposed by local government authorities are making the agricultural sector noncompetitive. “Grain levies have a negative impact on farmers as they push the cost of production up,” says IAPRI in a white paper on making agriculture more competitive. The…

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‘FRA right on maize pricing’ – IAPRI

Zambia’s Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) says the system of market-based pricing adopted by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will create a more stable and sustainable grain market. “There is no doubt that the move towards market-based pricing by FRA will attract a lot of attention and resistance from…

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IFAD finance to help 61 000 smallholder Zambian farmers commercialise

More than 61 000 smallholder farmers will benefit from a US$22 million International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) project aimed at helping them commercialise. According to Zambia’s Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Pamela Kabamba, the project will encourage the uptake of market-oriented agriculture among women and youth. “The project will…

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