Emerging farmers: South African banks more supportive

The Land Bank will now take respected mentors into consideration when deciding whether to fund emerging farmers. During the African Farmer’s Association of South Africa (Afasa) annual congress in Johannesburg, Portia Zulu, provincial manager of Land Bank, said emerging farmers must overcome different challenges. Zulu was part of a panel…

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Retail prices of mealie-meal down in Zambia

The retail price of maize in Zambia has dropped from K120/25kg [K4 800/ton] to K73/25kg [K2 920/ton] for white maize, and from K90/25kg [K3 600/ton] to K67/25kg [K2 680/ton] for yellow (brown) maize. President of the Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) Andrew Chintala said the price drop was due to…

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African countries to feel effect of SA credit downgrade

The ripple effect of the South African credit downgrade by the American credit agency, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) to below-investors grade or junk status, is to impact African countries and their agricultural sectors. According to Wessel Lemmer, senior economist at Absa Agribusiness, the sovereign downgrade by international credit agencies will…

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‘Windfall’ for some farmers after another FISP e-voucher snag

Some farmers in Eastern Province got ‘bonus’ inputs in the latest snag which hit the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) e-voucher payment system. Chipata district commissioner Kalunga Zulu told africanfarming.com authorities became aware of certain farmers getting inputs twice, after being alerted by agro dealers in the district. An investigation…

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