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…

South Africa bans importation of possibly contaminated Zambian honey

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has banned importation of pure honey from Zambia after authorities detected possible contamination of a consignment with American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae) disease, reports Lusaka Times. The ban, announced by the South African agriculture department through a letter to honey importers has elicited dissatisfactory observation from both the authorities and Zambian…

COMESA to mediate milk and palm oil trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia

KENYA - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) plans to mediate a trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia over long-standing barrier on milk and palm oil exports, reports Lusaka Times. Speaking to journalists in the capital Nairobi, COMESA Director for Trade Customs Francis Mageni said Zambia has prevented milk and palm oil exports…

Schweppes Zimbabwe to venture into oranges production to boost juice feedstock

ZIMBABWE - Schweppes Zimbabwe Ltd, a soft drinks producer under The Coca-Cola licence, is considering to start production of oranges to boost its supply chain for its juice processing plant in Beitbridge, reports the Herald. Strong demand for the commodity in the global market has put pressure on the processing facility which currently sources its…

Zambia’s food agency increases maize purchasing price after intervention

ZAMBIA - The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) of Zambia has increased its maize purchasing price to US$7.02 per 50kg bag for the 2018 crop marketing season, from the previously set US$6.5. Lusaka Times has reported that this follows a directive from President Edgar Lungu to revise the price that was announced by FRA Board Chairman…

Zambia Cooperative to install 2,000 solar milling plants before end year

ZAMBIA - The Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) has said it will complete installing all the 2,000 Solar Milling Plants countrywide before the end of this year, Lusaka Times has reported. So far, 1,300 solar milling plants have been installed but the 2,000 target may not be realized by the previously set deadline, August 2018. Out…