SYNGENTA showcased its Innovation Powerhouse for Zambia at the country’s biggest agricultural event, Agri-Tech Expo attended by the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Hakainde Hichilema. The event was held from 7-9 April against a backdrop of increasing food security challenges.
Syngenta’s top executives were present to commemorate the official opening of the event and showcased its sustainable innovations to farmers, government representatives and an audience of key players in the agricultural business community.
Speaking at the opening of Agri-Tech Expo, Syngenta’s Southern Africa leader Given Mudenda spoke about the Innovation Powerhouse that Syngenta is bringing in contribution to the country’s efforts to boost its food security.
• For Fall Armyworm, which is posing a threat to the livelihoods and food security of over 300 million people in Africa, Syngenta is providing farmers with its FORTENZA®️ Duo technology. The Seedcare product provides protection for up to 4 weeks after planting, resulting in yield increases of up to 20% compared to untreated seeds.
• Syngenta has introduced leading innovations like the MIRAVIS®️ Duo fungicide that contains its ADEPIDYN®️ technology. It requires fewer applications and uses less of it per hectare to control destructive and potentially harmful molds and fungi. Providing access to an outstanding fungicide that secures food quality by helping to control toxins in fruits and cereal crops is a game-changer for the industry. These toxins, known as mycotoxins, are very harmful for human health and animal production.
• There are a range of leading technologies (Tymirium®️, Elestal®️ Neo and Plinazolin®️) in Syngenta’s innovation pipeline that it looks forward to bringing to farmers. These will support the production of key crops and enhance food security as well as improve farmer profitability by improving yield quantity especially in new ‘emerging’ crops like avocadoes and macadamia. In the pipeline is also a technology that benefits soil, root and plant health. This sustainable innovation helps the soil to continue producing high yielding crops for years to come.
Mr. Given Mudenda said “It is crucial that we act now to control the current Fall Armyworm outbreak so that the situation does not lead to a national disaster. This pest poses a great threat to food security and livelihoods in an already fragile context. It is more important now than ever that the right technologies are used in a timely and effective manner. We are prepared to make the necessary partnerships in curbing this potential disaster. “
As part of its Good Growth Plan, Syngenta is committed to helping achieve sustainable development. Syngenta is helping farmers fight climate change and is focusing on accelerating its innovations to provide solutions for farmers.
Speaking about the changes to Syngenta’s business in Zambia, Mr Given Mudenda underlined that “last year, our business in Zambia went through an important strategic change and we are now focusing on our crop protection business. This new direction has given us the opportunity to concentrate on our crop protection business from Seedcare to our foliar application products. We are proud of our contribution to the Agri-sector in Zambia and other Southern African countries, and we remain fully committed to our customers and their growth in the industry.”
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th April, 2022)
Country is food secure, but bumper harvest uncertain, says Minister of Agriculture
A BUMPER harvest remains uncertain with the Government stating that it is unable to predict this season’s maize yield owing to the drought situation being experienced in many parts of the country.
With the prolonged dry spells, Minister of Agriculture Reuben Mtolo has expressed uncertainty of what lies ahead beyond the 2024 harvest which is in four months time.
Mr Mtolo said in a ministerial statement in parliament today that the country is food secure for the time being but there is a concern for the period beyond the next harvest.
“The country is food secure up to the next harvest, the concern therefore should be for the period beyond the next harvest. The measures put in place by the Government so far appear to be adequate to ensure availability of the staple food into the near future,”he said.
He said the country has over 800,000 metric tonnes of maize grain.
Mr Mtolo said 365,665.95 metric tonnes from the Food Reserve Agency (FRA), 258,727 metric tonnes Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) and 25,273 metric tonnes from the Grain Traders Association of Zambia (GTAZ).
In his statement, he also touched on other issues such as the importation of mealie meal containing Genetically Modified Organisms.
He said Zambia is a non GMO country and is therefore not importing any GMO mealie meal for local consumption.
Mr Mtolo said the Zambia National Service (ZNS) and the private sector have been permitted to import and transit mealie-meal for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) market to safeguard the locally grown crop.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 21st February, 2024)
Govt embarks of Artificial Insemination services to enhance production of cattle and pigs
GOVERNMENT has trained around 70 experts who will work in 14 satellite Artificial Insemination (AI) centres which have been dotted across the country.
The AI centres have been established to promote and enhance livestock production and productivity for dairy and beef cattle, as well as pigs for small scale farmers in the country.
The project is being done in partnership with Czech Republic who are Governments cooperating partners.
The services of AI will be provided at a cost of K100 to K150 per straw of semen to the small scale farmers.
Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Makozo Chikote says AI services in pigs are provided for at Kemebe pigery, while that of dairy and beef cattle are provided for in Mazabuka.
However, 14 other satellite centres have been established in various parts of the country.
“In order to promote and enhance livestock production and prodictivity of dairy and beef cattle as well as pigs in the country, my Ministry has been promoting Artificial insemination services to small scale farmers. 70 staff have been trained in AI to support the services and AI is ongoing in the country. We have established 14 AI satellite centres which are located in Kalomo, Pemba, Chisamba, Namwala, Nalolo, Kalabo, Ndola, Shiwang’andu, Kate, Chipata, Lundazi, Kalumbila, Kabwe, Chitambo and Mbala,” he said.
He said this in response to Kanchibiya area Member of Parliament, Sunday Chanda’s question during the question for oral answer session in Parliament.
Mr Makozo also said to further increase access to AI services for small scale farmers, his Ministry has endeavoured to increase the capacity of Nitrogen at AI the processing plant from 40 litres per hour to 150 litres per hour.
Mr Makozo also added that his Ministry is also in the process of rehabilitating the AI laboratories, so as for delivery to the small scale farmers to take place smoothly.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 13th September, 2023)
The Ministry of Agriculture reverses decision to restrict maize and mealie meal movement
THE Ministry of Agriculture has rescinded its earlier decision to restrict the movement of maize grain and mealie meal between districts.
Earlier, government temporarily restricted the movement of maize grain and mealie meal between districts.
Permanent secretary Green Mbozi said the restriction was aimed at protecting national food security.
However, in another letter addressed to the Zambia National Famers Association, Millers Association of Zambia, Grain Association of Zambia and National Association of Small-Scale Farmers, Mr Mbozi announced that government has rescinded its earlier decision owing to concerns from stakeholder.
“Reference is made to our Letter referenced DABM/8/2/5 dated 17th August, 2023, whose subject was restriction of in-country movement of maize grain and mealie meal. Having received concerns from a number of stakeholders, I wish to inform you that the decision is suspended with immediate effect to pave way for further stakeholder consultations,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 23rd August, 2023)