Zambian millers predict another wheat deficit

The Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) says Zambia will face another wheat deficit this year. Last year, the nation was short of 250 000 tons of the national consumption of 540 000 tons. MAZ President Andrew Chintala says producers have not indicated whether they have harvested sufficient stocks this year…

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Heat-resistant wheat to help West African farmers beat climate change

The International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has developed a set of heat-resistant durum wheat varieties that can withstand up to 40°C and help farmers in Senegal River Basin of West Africa adapt to climate change-induced droughts. In a scientific paper released early this month, ICARDA…

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Local varsity develops new wheat variety for Zambian farmers

The University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Agricultural Sciences has developed a new wheat variety to bolster production in Zambia. According to the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU), the new variety has a higher yield component and a farming season beyond winter, thanks to its ability to withstand heat. “This…

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Zambian wheat price goes up; bread to cost more

Wheat farmers in Zambia have hiked the price of wheat to US$420 from US$370, meaning the price of bread and other wheat products will soon increase as well. Zambia Wheat Growers Chairman Donald Burton said the hike was triggered by the 75% increase in electricity tariffs, as well as an…

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