FRA releases 35,000 tons of maize to Copperbelt millers to mitigate shortage

ZAMBIA – The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) of Zambia has started releasing 35,000 metric tonnes of maize to selected millers in Copperbelt Province to address maize shortage in the region. According to Lusaka Times, Zambia’s President Lungu had directed FRA to release the maize to millers as an intervention on the maize and mealie meal shortages…

Cargill to close its soybean crush and oil refinery facility in Lusaka, Zambia

ZAMBIA – Cargill has announced that it will cease all operations at its soybean processing and vegetable oil refinery plant in Lusaka, Zambia effective end of October. The American based grain and agricultural corporation made the decision in regard to increasing amount of illegal imports of vegetable oil from neighbouring countries, a Lusaka Times report…

Dairy Association of Zambia receives US$2m funding from Swedish government

ZAMBIA – The Dairy Association of Zambia (DAZ) has received US$2 million funding from the Swedish government for the implementation of the Digital Information Management System (DIMS). According to Lusaka Times, the proceeds will go towards enhancing growth of the milk value chain especially by enabling small scale farmers access goods and services. The initiative…

Kerry commits US$1.14m to improve food & nutrition security in West Africa

NIGER - The public food company, Kerry Group has unveiled a US$1.14 million (€1 million) commitment to improve food security, nutrition and the overall livelihoods in the Tahoua Region of Niger. The four-year project supported by Kerry Group, will be implemented by leading international NGO, Concern Worldwide and brings RAIN (Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition)…

Government of Zambia launches export of organic honey to China

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has officially launched the export of organic honey to China by flagging off the first consignment of 3.4 tons of organic honey worth US$34,000. The honey was processed by Mpundu World Honey Limited in Kabwe, Central Province. During the launch, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Kampamba Mulenga said the market…

Zambia restricts maize exports to ensure food security

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has unveiled an administrative measure on the export of maize to neighbouring and other countries, a move the Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo said was to ensure food security in the nation, reports Lusaka Times. According to him, the measure was not a ban but a temporary strategy attributed…

Zambia 2019 budget focuses on broadening tax base, ease foreign debt and diversify through agriculture

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has proposed revenue measures in the 2019 budget with a focus to enhance diversification through agriculture and tourism, a move that may be critical in easing the country’s external debt burden which stood at US$9.4 billion at the end of June. Despite increasing concerns on the sustainability of Zambia’s…

Government devotes US$2m for genetic improvement of fish in Zambia

ZAMBIA - The government through the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project (ZAEDP) has pumped in US$2 million in fish genetic improvement to boost the fishing industry in Zambia. According to Lusaka Times, the programme will involve research work at the National Aquaculture Research Development Centre (NARDC) with a goal to enhance the quality and quantity…

Zambia’s beverage firm Fairy Bottling invests US$50m in capacity expansion

ZAMBIA - Zambia’s bottling and beverage firm Fairy Bottling Zambia Limited has signed a deal worth US$50 million with the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) in the expansion project for the manufacturing of plastic containers and production of non-alcoholic beverages, reports Daily Mail Zambia. The initiative deemed Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) will see cooperation…