Zambian government pushes for new rice varieties

The Zambian government has partnered with the Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA) to promote new rice varieties to increase productivity and improve the nation’s food security. The rice varieties being piloted require less water compared to the existing varieties, mature quickly and offer high yields. The pilot project…

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Namibia enters second phase of rice field trials for local production

The Namibian government has started implementing the second phase in the field trial of 15 Chinese rice varieties which are being tested to determine whether they can be adapted for farming locally. The field trials, which started early last year, are underway at the Kalimbeza Green Scheme, one of several…

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East African grain traders call for levy to curtail rice imports

The East African Grain Council (EAGC) has challenged governments in the region to enact and implement laws that seek to promote inter-regional trade in grains and cereals in order to reduce imports of staple foods like rice. EAGC executive director Gerald Makau Masila said a supportive legal regime can promote…

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Farmers riled by FRA maize price offer of K60/50kg

The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) today in Lusaka announced it will buy maize from farmers at K60 for 50kg. The price offer, flying in the face of the more than K85/50kg government promised last week, provoked sharp reaction from the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU). At the same briefing, FRA…

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