Zambia secures US$100m maize export deal

Zambia has secured US$100 million worth of maize export deals to the East African region, in what is seen as a move to break into the lucrative export market. In a related development, the Zambian government has committed to remove bottlenecks and create an express lane for grain exports. “The…

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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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ZNFU claims cartel behind export charges

The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) says a powerful cartel is behind the 10% maize export duty. “The cartel wants to control agriculture marketing,” said ZNFU president Jervis Zimba. According to him, the cartel misled government to impose the tax, which gave them an opportunity to make astronomical profits, while…

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Farmers struggling to find space for maize due to export ban

Faced with a possible over-supply of maize stock and depressed prices, farmers are now battling to find storage space for their grain. The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) says storage space will be a major challenge as Zambia accumulated huge stocks of maize as a result of the moratorium on…

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