THE JAPANESE government has provided US$11 million grant to support the project for the development of rice seed, production field and training facilities in Zambia.
The project will be implemented by the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute up to 2024.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Japenese Ambassador to Zambia Mizuuchi Ryuta and Minister of Finance Situmbeko Musokotwane discolsed that the project aims to construct new training facilities for the Mt. Makulu Research Station in Lusaka and the Mansa Agricultural Experiment Station in Luapula Province.
“The project will help procure agricultural machinery for quality-based treatment of harvested crops, which will promote the diversification and higher value addition of crop production and help ensure that agriculture serves as a pillar of economic growth,” the two leaders highlighted.
The project will run over a period of three years from 2022 to 2024.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 10th November, 2022)
Agriculture Minister directed to issue a ministerial statement on the delay of FISP distribution
SPEAKER of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti has directed Agriculture Minister Reuben Mtolo to today issue a ministerial statement on the status quo for Farmer Input Support Program (FISP) distribution in the country.
Ms Mutti said since the issue is of National importance, Zambians want to know the status of FISP distribution, as the onset of rains has began .
The Speaker was responding to a query during matters of public importance raised by Pambashe area Member of Parliament Ronald Chitotela in parliament said the issue of FISP had been brought before the Parliament house several times and thus needs to be addressed.
Ms Mutti then directed that Mr Mtolo deliver a ministerial statement to give the status of distribution.
“Indeed this is a matter that has been brought before the house sever times. The Minister made undertakings that delivery will commence last week on Thursday. Since this is a matter of National importance, people have to know the status,” she said.
Mr Chitotela said that farmers in his Constituency have not received the farming input support.
“Farmers are complaining that they prepared their fields and now there is grass growing because FISP has not been distributed. If the Minister is not meant to stand by his words, Zambia stands to have hunger,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 16th November, 2022)
Simba Holding Zambia ready for the Maize Meals production
SIMBA Holding is gearing up for the production of Maize Meal as it seeks to meet the available demand for Maize, Maize meals, stock feeds, Fish feeds, and other corn snacks (cornflakes and corn puffs) in the domestic and export markets.
Simba Holding is now ready for actual production after the satisfactory production trials that was going on for the past ten (10) months and obtaining all the relevant regulatory approvals. The company was registered in 2019 as a subsidiary of SIMBA Group of companies to do manufacturing, being the second investment in the country after Simba Oil.
The event was graced by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Honorable Chipoka Mulenga, yesterday, the 15th November 2022 at Katuba area.
Simba Holding aims at bringing competitive prices coupled with efficient deliveries and excellent service to satisfy all of it’s customers’ needs, whereas, the vision of the company is to expand the supply of FMGs and household essentials to other regions of Zambia, and the neighbouring countries.
Other Ministers who attended the event were, Honourable Rueben Mtolo Phiri MP – Minister of Agriculture, Honourable. Brenda Mwika Tambatamba – Minister of Labour and Social Security, and Honourable Member of Parliament for Katuba – Mwabashike Nkulukusa
Speaking during the launch of Simba Maize Miling Factory, the Group Chief Executive Officer for Simba Group of Companies Mr. David Ndelwa, said the plant’s production capacity is expected to expand from the current 150MT to 500MT/per day, and that this is not only an opportunity for job creation to the area, but also an expansion for Simba to meet the growing needs of maize meals and maize products of the Zambia market and the neighbouring regions.
The plant’s yearly revenue is expected to be USD 35million and it will create 300 direct jobs when operating at full capacity. “Our main markets target are Zambia itself, Congo, Namibia Angola & Botswana.” Stated Mr. Ndelwa.
He added further that, under the Ministry of Agriculture, where various bodies operate to facilitate and support the functions as mandated, Simba Holding is going to be among the beneficiaries, especially with the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) which acts as a marketing arm for agricultural produce in the country. As a registered business, Simba Holdings through its affiliation with MAZ can access maize grain from FRA under certain stipulated terms and conditions.
Mr. Ndelwa thanked and urged for the maximum cooperation from the government and all its ministries on this journey they have started.
Syngenta Zambia “Cements” its commitment to Zambian Farmers & Promotes Crop Protection as They Unveil Their New Corporate Office in Lusaka’s Rhodes Park Area.
Syngenta Zambia held a launch event in Lusaka to officially unveil the company’s new location in Rhodespark. Farmers, government representatives and an audience of key players in the agricultural business community were in attendance at the event to commemorate the unveiling of the office which is a significant step in symbolizing the company’s dedication to the Zambian market. Speaking at the event, Syngenta’s Head of Crop Protection in Africa and Middle East, Mr Jerome Barbaron and Head of Southern Africa Business and Managing Director of Syngenta in Zambia, Mr Given Mudenda highlighted that the move to a new office is a major step in improving their customer service delivery especially to the corporate clientele and also fueling their long term commitment to the Zambian farmers.
Speaking at the Syngenta Office Launch event, Syngenta’s Head of Southern Africa Mr Given Mudenda spoke about their “Good Growth Plan” – a plant protection strategy that is aimed at the overall improvement and sustainability of agriculture drives in Syngenta’s operations. “Climate change is a huge challenge to the sustainability of the agricultural ecosystem. Our Good Growth Plan aims to take on these challenges by making agriculture more resilient and sustainable and driving a better, greener, recovery. We must help farmers address it with new technologies and services, both to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change”.
Syngenta remains committed to the Agri-sector in Zambia and other Southern African countries, and we remain fully dedicated to its customers and their growth in the industry. In affirmation of this commitment, Mr Jerome Barbaron further stated that crop and seed protection is a firm promise of their global operations. “From the moment a seed is planted through to harvest, crops need to be protected from weeds, insects and diseases as well as droughts and floods, heat and cold. As a world market leader in crop protection, we help farmers to counter these threats and ensure enough safe, nutritious, affordable food for all – while minimizing the use of land and other agricultural inputs”.
Syngenta Zambia has upheld another industry promise to empower the agricultural sector with impactful collaborations and professional solutions. “To create successful collaborations, we need diversity of ideas and expertise. We don’t work alone but have many partners such as universities, research institutes and sustainable agriculture experts.” The new Syngenta Zambia office will play a significant role in their mission to offer environmentally sustainable methods to enhance the productivity and value of agricultural businesses in Zambia.