ZNFU predicts dip in maize production

The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) predicts a drop in maize production for this year’s farming season. Farmers are likely to shun the crop due to poor returns. ZNFU President Jervis Zimba said many farmers say they will not grow commercial maize because of the meagre price offered by the…

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New training academy to improve agriculture production in Zimbabwe

A new training academy which recently opened in Zimbabwe will provide the opportunity for local farmers to embrace mechanization in on-field experiences.  The Case IH Training Academy is on the BlueSky Farms and will be run in partnership with Case IH, its Zimbabwean distributor Agricon and BlueSky Farms. The Academy,…

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Forty hectares of vegetable success on open land and in hydroponic systems

This family’s vegetable farming enterprise in the Gamtoos Valley in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa has expanded over the past nine years from a quarter hectare to nearly 40 hectares of vegetable production. They attribute their success to their willingness to exceed their customers’ demands and expectations. As…

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UK keen to support Zambia’s potato farming – British envoy

British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane said his government has invested US$5 million to support white (Irish) potato production. “This will boost agriculture production and contribute to the country’s economic diversification programme,” the British envoy told local media. Cochrane said the money will benefit a farm in Northern Province’s…

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