Milupi urges farmers to reject FRA maize price


Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi has called on farmers to reject the K60 maize price announced by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA). Mr Milupi says the price is too low considering the high cost of production. He says farmers will not realise any profit from price being offered by the FRA taking into consideration the high ...

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UNZA lecturers to strike over July salaries

University of Zambia lecturers have threatened to withdraw labour if their July salaries are not paid by tomorrow 28th July, 2017. UNZALARU Publicity Secretary Moffat Moyo says the lecturers will not entertain delays in salaries as the case was last month. Mr. Moyo says will be prudent for management to pay off the lecturers by tomorrow Friday, July 28th to ...

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Govt rules out further borrowing


Government has ruled out any further borrowing in the wake of the high fiscal deficit currently at 7.6 percent. Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary for Economic Management and Finance Mukuli Chikuba has told a public hearing on pre-budget submission for 2018 organised by a consortium of civil society organisations that following the high fiscal deficit the country has experienced, the ...

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Inflation declines to 6.6%

John Kalumbi

The annual inflation rate for the month of July, 2017 has decreased to 6.6 percent from 6.8 percent in June 2017. This means that on average, prices increased by 6.6 percent between July 2016 and July 2017. Central Statistical Office Director, John Kalumbi explained during the monthly bulletin presentation that the movement of consumer price indices (CPI) show a steadily ...

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Maize price unfair to farmers- SAFADA

SAFADA Executive Director Boyd Moobwe

The Small Scale Farmers Development Agency (SAFADA) says the K60 maize price announced by the Food Reserve Agency is unfair to the farmers who invested more in the production of the commodity. SAFADA Executive Director Boyd Moobwe says the price will only frustrate farmers who may even abandon maize production, like they have done with other cash crops that have ...

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Lungu won’t interfere in Maize Price


President Edgar Lungu says he will not interfere with the maize price set by the Food Reserve Agency. The Food Reserve Agency has announced that it will buy a 50kg bag of maize at K60 compared to the K85 it was the same quantity last year. President Lungu says the price is determined by the market and that no one ...

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Maize price announced by FRA a mockery to farmers- Kayula

Dr. Frank Kayula

THE National Union for Small-scale Farmers of Zambia (NUSFAZ) has described as a mockery to farmers the K60 the Food Reserve Agency will pay for a 50kg bag of maize. Union Director General Dr. Frank Kayula says government should have instead maintained last year’s price of K85 per 50kg to enable farmers realize a profit. Dr. Kayula says it is ...

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Police arrest student for defaming President Lungu

Esther Katongo

Police have arrested a 35-year-old student of DMI St Eugene University in Lusaka for defaming President Edgar Lungu on facebook. Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo says Edward Makayi created a facebook account in the name Royson Edwards M which he used to author and post defamatory remarks between April and July, 2017 targeting at President Lungu, Home Affairs Minister, Stephen Kampyongo, ...

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FRA to buy maize at K60 per 50kg bag

Maize bags

The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has set K60.00 as the price at which it will buy a 50kg bag of maize during the 2017 marketing season. The agency has also set K70 as the price for a 40 kilogramme bag of rice. FRA Board Chairperson Joe Simachela says the agency will only buy three commodities for National Strategic Food Reserves namely, ...

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FODEP guides PF on convention


The Foundation For Democratic Process (FODEP) has advised the ruling Patriotic Front to allow the party’s presidency and other positions to be contested ahead of the 2021 elections. FODEP Executive Director Mweenge Chimfwembe says the ruling party should follow its constitution and go for a general conference to elect its presidential candidate. Mr. Chimfwembe says the decision by the PF ...

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