Category “Zambia”

Zambia: Revisiting Agricultural Potential

THOUGH Zambia is endowed with abundant mineral resources, agriculture has for a long time been tipped as an alternative national economic mainstay.

Like in other agriculturally-dependent economies, the sector requires massive infrastructure and manpower development. The recently held two-day AgriTech Expo in Chisamba’s Central Province was, therefore, a timely occasion that gave an outlook of hope that Zambia’s farming industry was headed for positive growth.

The Expo was also an opportunity to showcase the farming technology and innovations that addressed the needs of different categories of farmers in Zambia.

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Zambia: Improving Agro Practice to End Chronic Malnutrition

MALNUTRITION has been a long-standing problem and is one of the leading causes of death among children in Zambia. This ailment affects many children under the age of five and has serious health implications to survivors of the scourge.

Statistics indicate that this country records one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world and that about half of local children are stunted, while one in five is underweight.

It is also evident according to medical results that survivors of chronic malnutrition do not always return to their full strength after any nutritional interventions.

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Zambia: Engage Women in Agribusiness, Urges World Bank

THERE is need for the Government to engage women in agribusiness for them to contribute towards greater gender equality and economic development, World Bank has said.

Acting country manager Rosemary Sunkutu said the Government should engage women in agribusiness to enable them contribute to greater gender equality and economic and social empowerment.

She said it was extremely important for the Zambian Government to promote women’s economic empowerment as they constitute 68 per cent of those who are economically active in the country’s agriculture sector.

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Zambia Starts Exporting Maize

ZAMBIA has commenced the export of over 200,000 tonnes of maize from the 2.47 million tonnes the country produced in the 2012/13 farming season. The maize is being exported under the Government-to-Government agreement to Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Food Reserve Agency (FRA) executive director Chola Kafwabulula said in an interview in Ndola yesterday that the country would export 20,000 tonnes of maize to Tanzania, 35,000 tonnes to Malawi and the remainder 150,000 tonnes of the commodity to Zimbabwe.

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Zambia: Poultry Sector Shows the Way

THE Poultry industry in Zambia has been showing dynamism regarding production, commercial and technological factors. The sector is one of the most organised and important sectors of livestock industry in Zambia.

Some indicators show that the country is becoming one of the largest producers of poultry products in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, along with South Africa and Zimbabwe. Zambia is currently self-sufficient in poultry meat and eggs and all that is produced is consumed locally. Only moderate quantities of table eggs are exported to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The growth in the sector has expanded the egg setting’s national capacity to about 1.7 million per week which could make Zambia the second largest poultry industry in the SADC region after South Africa.

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Zambia: Copperbelt Show Grows

THE 56th Copperbelt Mining, Agricultural and Commercial Show (CMACS) in Kitwe that took place from May 29 to June 2, yet again, showed some significant levels of growth in size and stature going by the increased number of exhibitors recorded.

This year’s show held; under the theme: ‘Mining and Agriculture for Continued Development and Prosperity’ lived to its expectations of creating a perfect platform for economic diversification, especially that the event saw more exhibitors taking part compared to last year.

More than 107 exhibitors took part in the trade exhibition with 27 of them being foreign companies who were mainly from South Africa.

While, the trade show is mining and agriculture, the exhibitors sprang from all sectors of the economy bringing with them to the fore, diverse interests and thereby creating a platform for sharing and exchanging of ideas.

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Zambia: Metal Silo Technology: Will It Boost Food Storage, Security?

IT is estimated that the world population had been projected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050.

This projection requires a 70 per cent increase in food production world-wide. Almost all of the growth would occur in less-developed countries including the African Continent.

However, it is estimated that Africa is suffering from 20 to 30 per cent post-harvest losses valued at US$ 4 billion annually.

With the loss of 20 to 30 per cent of maize harvest valued due to poor post-harvest handling, the loss of more than US$ 4 billion was equivalent to the food aid Africa received over the last one decade or equivalent to an annual caloric value requirement of 48 million people.

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