Mauritius to import vegetables from SA, Egypt and India

The government of Mauritius says it will immediately start importing vegetables from South Africa, Egypt and India following heavy rains that destroyed large areas of farmland since the beginning of this month. In a statement, Agro Industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Kumar Seeruttun said the latest assessment highlighted a…

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MAZ pushes for removal of VAT on milling equipment

The Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) have appealed to government to remove Value Added Tax (VAT) on milling equipment to promote diversification in the sector. However, the proposal was likely to be resisted as past incentives in the form of maize subsidies to millers were not transferred to Zambian consumers.…

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Zambian avocado growers eye SA market

Zambian avocado growers are negotiating with South African buyers to export Hass avocado to South Africa. Avocado Growers Association of Zambia (AGAZ) chairperson Smart Lungu says local farmers can produce 40 000 tons of avocado to satisfy the demand in South Africa. “Negotiations to export to South Africa are advanced.…

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Swaziland wants to import Zambian maize

The Kingdom of Swaziland wants to import maize and other grain from Zambia, says the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA). However, economists and agriculture stakeholders think it is unlikely, given that it will be cheaper for Swaziland to import maize from South Africa. According to ZDA, Swaziland’s interest in Zambian grain…

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