Zambia’s Green Crop to invest US$72m in Paprika Production

ZAMBIA – Green Crop Field Investment Limited, a Zambia based company, has expressed interest in a Paprika Production and Processing Plant at an investing cost of US$72 million, reports Lusaka Times. Central Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kabwe says the US$72 million investment by the Lusaka-based company is part of the US $432 million that the…

Innscor, others receive permit to import GMO products in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Fast moving consumer goods distributor, Innscor Africa, Cold Chain and Horizon have received new permits to import products that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Zambia. A Lusaka Times report indicates that the three distributors were among twelve retailers who were granted the new permit by National Biosafety Authority (NBA). According to NBA…

Zambia launches SADC harmonized certified-seed regulatory system

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has launched the Southern African Development Community (SADC) seed certification and harmonized seed regulation system, reports Lusaka Times. This puts Zambia in a position to produce and trade certified seeds in the SADC region and ensures availability of high quality seed to farmers through rationalizing and removing national regulatory…

Zambia bans single-use plastic packaging materials to curb pollution

ZAMBIA - The Zambian government has banned single-use plastic packaging materials and their resultant waste to safeguard the environment, reports Lusaka Times. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection through the principal secretary who said this was in accordance with the environmental management act. The ban comes as…

Zambia’s fish production to hit 40,000 tons with ZAED project

ZAMBIA - The Zambian government has said that fish production is expected to increase to 40,000 tonnes upon completion of the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development (ZAED) Project in 2021, reports The Times of Zambia. The project is aimed at stimulating growth in the aquaculture subsector in order to promote economic diversification and sustainable employment generation…

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)…