Normal to above normal rains for bulk of SADC region in 2018

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) says the “bulk” of the region will receive normal to above normal rainfall in the period between January and May 2018. In a mid-season rainfall situation review issued after convening the 21st Annual Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOP) in Gaborone on 13…

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Call to build farmer resilience, institutional capacity against fall armyworm in Africa

Governments and non-governmental organisations in Africa have been challenged to concentrate on funding programmes that form partnerships to build local institutional capacity and farmer resilience against the fall armyworm (FAW), since it is “here to stay”. The call was made by stakeholders at a joint expert and multi-stakeholder meeting convened…

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Zambia gets first fish feed plant to boost local aquaculture

Construction of a state of the art US$10 million fish feed plant in Siavonga in Zambia’s Southern Province, has been completed. It is the first plant of its kind in the country. Government has meanwhile called for more private sector investment in the aquaculture industry to increase fish production. “This…

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Zambia earmarks K2m to fight armyworm during 2017/2018 farming season

Government will spend K2million to implement proactive measures to fight fall armyworm in the next farming season, says Zambian Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya. Experts predict the fall armyworm outbreak that first emerged in southern Africa during the last farming season, will continue to wreak havoc in the new season. “This…

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Zambia earmarks K2m to fight armyworm during 2017/2018 farming season
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