Orange maize picks up popularity in Zambia

Bio-fortified orange maize has enjoyed a rapid growth acceleration and reached almost a million Zambian people in three years. Zambia’s HarvestPlus country manager, Dr Eliab Simpungwe, said government had driven the crop’s adoption, and promotion, through a dedicated budget allocation. According to HarvestPlus, government is the major buyer of the…

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Your guide to ZAMACE grain future contracts

The Zambian Commodity Exchange(ZAMACE), in conjunction with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange(JSE), recently finalised their grain futures contracts. These contracts would provide a tool for farmers and grain traders to protect themselves against future movement in prices, and will also allow grain traders to proved competitive prices for their clients. If…

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Nigerian stores told to clear GM products

The National Bio-safety Management Agency (NBMA) of Nigeria ordered Super Store operators to clear GM (genetically modified) products from their shelves, by 21 October, or face sanctions. According to Nigerian publication, Vanguard, the directive was issued by the NBMA’s director-general, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, during a meeting with Super Store representatives…

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Saving sight with orange maize

A new study shows that orange maize could help Zambians overcome malnutrition, a major challenge in the country. Dr Amanda Palmer, of Johns Hopkins Centre for Human Nutrition, headed a research team in the Mkushi district that conducted a trial in which they studied the visual responses of children (in…

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Farmers in Zambia proudly display their vitamin A maize harvest. Now that the benefits of vitamin A are more widely understood, farmers and consumers are increasingly enthusiastic about orange maize.

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