Sources say ZNFU, FRA maize price negotiations have collapsed

Maize price negotiations between the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) and the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) have broken down with the union abandoning talks to pursue direct discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture. A reliable source told Africanfarming.com that ZNFU at the weekend decided to talk to government directly, after…

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Zambian government unearths more alleged FISP scams

The Zambian government has uncovered an alleged scam where a family formed cooperatives for the sole purpose of getting inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP). This as the Ministry of Agriculture conducts a review of the programme to prevent abuses before the roll-out of FISP for the new…

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FISP to cover 10 crops, says Zambian agriculture minister

The Zambian government has broadened the number of crops to be covered under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) to accelerate crop diversification. Agricultural minister Dora Siliya said the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) will buy all crops produced by farmers under FISP. “FISP will now support about 10 crops to…

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Concerns among farmers over implosion of maize market

Farmers are concerned that the local maize market might implode as a consequence of an oversupply, aggravated by the current ban on exports. Their concerns are fueled by a forecast of a reduction in the uptake of grain by the surrounding region, which was also expected to have a surplus…

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