Zambian smallholder farmers warn of maize shortage next year

Zambia’s umbrella body for smallholder farmers, the National Union of Small-scale Farmers of Zambia (NUSFAZ), says the nation must brace for a maize shortage in the coming year. NUSFAZ Director General Frank Kayula told local media that disappointing returns on last year’s production had demotivated most farmers from planting maize.…

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Soybean shortage hits Zimbabwean food processing industry

Local media reports that a serious shortage of soybean in Zimbabwe has led to a drop in production in the food processing industry. According to reports, the shortage led to an increase in the price of cooking oil, stock feed and other products. Zimbabwe’s Sunday Mail reports that the development…

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Potato prices shoot up as production dips

The price of potatoes (white or Irish potato) shot up by as much as K30 per 10kg pocket, after a decline in production due to high input cost. In places like Copperbelt, the situation is compounded by crop shortages. A quick survey of fresh produce outlets, including chain stores in…

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‘Zambia faces wheat crisis’ – MAZ

The Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) has said that Zambia needed to import 250,000 tonnes of wheat to avert an acute shortage that would result in price increases for bread and other wheat products. According to MAZ, the national current wheat stock was just below 300,000 tonnes and would only…

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