Leah Banda

Intern

Lusaka, Zambia

About Me

I am passionate about the welfare of children in all aspects of their lives

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 31 August 2017 at 08:34

Enhancing Agribusiness Through Networking

AgriProFocus Zambia hosted the 2017 Regional Agribusiness Platform (formally known as Agribusiness Finance Fair) on 24th to 25th of August, 2017 in Chipata, eastern province. We would like to thank the sponsors, exhibitors, Agro-dealers, farmers and the government for making the event a great success.

The platform was characterised with official opening by the Eastern Region Permanent Secretary Mr. Chanda Kasolo then followed exhibitions, workshops (Knowledge exchange) and lastly award giving ceremony.

Themes of discussion during the workshops included:

1. Sustainable Integrated Land Management Systems by SNV

2. Cooperative governance by Agriterra

3. Importance of using weights by Spruceland

4. Agribusiness Finance by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission

5. Safe handling of chemicals by Zambia Environmental Management Agency

6. Farming Inputs by Zambian fertilizers and MRI

7. Post harvesting handling by Po

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 17 August 2017 at 10:00

Join us @Regional Agribusiness Platform

Theme: Enhancing Agribusiness Through Networking

The following are the workshops to look out for:

  • Importance of using weights by Spruceland Technologies

  • Safe handling of chemicals by ZEMA

  • Cooperative governance by Agriterra

  • Sustainable Integrated Land Management project (SILMS) by SNV Netherlands Development Organization

  • Tuta Absoluta and Fowl Worm Control by MRI

Also workshops by CEEC and Zambian Fertilizers

See you there!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 15 August 2017 at 02:06

In case you missed it!

Please find the newsletter in the link below.

http://eepurl.com/cVPwnX

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Energy for Agriculture Learning Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  21 August 2017 to 22 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Sinda and Feni, Eastern Province

Are you an organization, institution, company or farmer group interested to learning about the Energy for Agriculture project for the benefit of your farmers? Then join us for the Energy for Agriculture Learning Days in Sinda and Feni on 21st and 22nd of August 2017, respectively.


For details, contact Leah Banda on 0974244689 or send an email to zambia@agriprofocus.com



Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 August 2017 at 05:44

Youth Change Makers in agribusiness, Agripredict!

As we celebrate the international youth day of the united nations today, we would like to introduce Agripredict to you! Agripredict was spotted from the AgriHack which was our first ever youth in agribusiness event.

AgriPredict is a machine learning program that can be harnessed in agriculture as a risk and disaster management tool. Farmers experience droughts and diseases that affect their livestock and crops, and end up losing huge assets and investments. Fortunately, this group of youths have developed a technology to change all of that. They have developed an app called AgriPredict.

The app will be launched at the 2017 Regional Agribusiness Platform, themed “Enhancing Agribusiness through Networking,” in chipata, on the 24th and the 25th of August.

See you there!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 August 2017 at 10:59

  Looking for a Zambian Young Expert: Agronomist

Holland GreenTech (HGT) is looking for an agronomist based in Lusaka. HGT is a company established in Rwanda and Uganda and expanding to Zambia. They sell equipment and inputs and provides technical support and training for the high quality horticulture sector. Their suppliers are premium horticultural brands from Holland RijkZwaan (hybrid vegetable seeds), Rivulis (irrigation) BosmanvanZaal and Hoogendoorn (greenhouses), Koppert (B-IPM), Holland Farming (plant supplements) and SoilCares (soil analysis). They offer clients a business case in horticulture and work on the next step of horticulture in East- and Southern Africa (www.hollandgreentech.com). For the new expansion to Zambia, they are looking for a Lusaka based agronomist.

Requirements:

-Minimum of 2-3 year experience as an agronomist on commercial vegetable production (preferably protected horticulture)
-Minimum Bachelor of Science in Agriculture/Horticulture
-Strong in communi

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Simon Ngwira Is the deadline for applications still open??.

2 weeks 21 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 8 August 2017 at 03:46

Success Story: Wamis Agro Seed Enterprise

Wamis Agro Seed Enterprise is a Zambian owned enterprise specialized in quality seed legumes (Soya beans, Groundnuts, Cow peas and Sugar Beans) production using the farmer out grower scheme. Wamis was introduced to AgriProFocus Network with the objective of accessing finances. This followed the need to secure funding to purchase Soya beans seed from the farmers that were on their out grower scheme.

Wamis initially secured funding from ILO and FAO which facilitated the mobilization and establishment of a farmer out grower scheme in Chibombo area. However, Wamis faced a major challenge in purchasing the soya seed from the farmers when it was ready. They needed finances to purchase up to 25 metric tonnes of soya seed especially bearing in mind that they had a buyer already identified.

AgriProFocus through the Business linkage function facilitated the linkage to an investor who invested a total of K 225 000 in their business. So far they have purcha

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 August 2017 at 08:46

Pics Bags Technology to Minimize Storage Losses

The Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) technology, a triple layer bag composed of two polyethylene bags and one outer woven polypropylene bag, minimizes insect storage losses. The PICS bag works like other hermetic containers, by limiting the supply of oxygen to insects living in stored grain. After PICS bags are closed, insects in stored grain use up much of the oxygen left inside the bag. When oxygen becomes too low, the insects cease feeding, and stop growing and reproducing; this prevents serious damage to the grain. Once you choose to use PICS Bags, you will not have to use any pesticides.

PICS Bags were originally produced for cow peas storage but latter provide to be effective against pests of other crops including maize, beans sorghum, pigeon pea, peanuts and rice.

As one of our mandate is to link farmers to resources, that’s knowledge, finance and market, we linked Chibombo farmers to World Food Programme to be trained in u

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 3 August 2017 at 01:16

Agriterra is Hiring!

Vacancy – Business Advisor
(based in Eastern Province; Zambian nationals only)
Closing date: 18th August, 2017

Agriterra is an agri-agency founded by farmers’ organisations and cooperative

agribusinesses in The Netherlands. Agriterra’s mandate is to professionalise farmers’

organisations and cooperatives worldwide with advice from experts from the Dutch

agricultural sector. Agriterra’s agri-advice team supports farmer-led economic

development across Africa, Asia and Latin America, in the belief that strong farmers'

organisations and cooperatives lead to more participation, economic growth and a better

distribution of income.


See attached for full details.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 August 2017 at 02:09

Prefabs Prototypes of Biodigesters Installed!

A New type of biodigesters called prefabs have been installed. Te difference is that these ones a quick to install. They can be installed in two days and become operational.

Please contact us on zambia@agriprofocus.com if you prefer a prefab biodigester as opposed to the Zamdigester model.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 28 July 2017 at 07:32

Online course: Dairy Learning Lab 

AgriProFocus aims for optimizing the animal production system via transfer of proven technology, capacity building to producers and developing market access and institutions around dairy. Priorities include roughage and fodder, milk and meat quality, animal management and the record keeping in animal production.

The Dairy Learning Lab is a training opportunity for dairy professionals who train farmers and processors in the dairy sector. The learning lab aims to share training materials, to review these materials and methods among peers and to jointly improve access to training materials and improve existing training practices.

Please go to the link for details.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist…


Anne Marie Kortleve This is interesting for you Eric NTWALI!

2 weeks 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 27 July 2017 at 03:28

"Scaling-up my agribusiness-Agripreneurs"

AgriProFocus network in collaboration with partners is working on a youth platform “Scaling-up my business”. The purpose of this platform is to provide a platform for learning and business to business linkages that will foster the growth of Youth-led agribusinesses and networks.

The objectives are to:

1. Facilitate business-to-business sessions that will match youth entrepreneurs with industry players. (Agribusiness company industry leaders, investors, financial institutions (bank & non-bank))

2. Provide learning opportunities for business growth through intense masterclasses offered by experienced organisations.

The network is therefore looking for youth who meet the following criteria:

· Aged between 17 – 36 years

· Understand basic spoken English

· Have clear identification of gaps in scaling up their business

· Have a registered company

· Are involved in horticulture (to

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Samson Ocheyo Good idea. I think this should also be emulated in Tanzania. @Hilda Okoth 

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 25 July 2017 at 06:45

Agriculture Activities the Major Driver of Deforestation

Forests and trees support sustainable agriculture. They stabilize soils and climate, regulate water flows, give shade and shelter, and provide a habitat for pollinators and the natural predators of agricultural pests. They also contribute to the food security of hundreds of millions of people, for whom they are important sources of food, energy and income. Yet, agriculture remains the major driver of deforestation globally, and agricultural, forestry and land policies are often at odds.

The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2016 shows that it is possible to increase agricultural productivity and food security while halting or even reversing deforestation, highlighting the successful efforts of Costa Rica, Chile, the Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Tunisia and Viet Nam. Integrated land-use planning is the key to balancing land uses, underpinned by the right policy instruments to promote both sustainable forests and agriculture.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 24 July 2017 at 10:35

Fish Farming Seminar

Livestock services will be conducting a seminar on Fish Farming on Saturday 29th July 2017, time 08:00 -12:00 hours.

Registration at the LAB FRONT DESK or call +260 211 254 024/ 254 497/8.

The seminar will be focused on the steps for starting fish farming on a commercial scale.  

Fish farming means ‘raising fish commercially in tanks, ponds or other enclosures for the purpose of producing food’. Commercial fish farming has already established a profitable business venture throughout the world. Fish is a great source of food and protein. The demand and price of fish and fish related products are also increasing rapidly, in accordance with rapid population growth. This is the main reason of increasing this business around the world. Almost all countries around the world are somehow suitable for fish farming business Zambia inclusive. 

 Did you know that Livestock Services Offers free consultation services? - Visit the front desk to find out more about how Li

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 21 July 2017 at 06:59

Thinking diversification? Think grape farming

Major consideration in choosing table grape variety are market demand and in some cases regions, disease resistance of cultivars. Popular cultivars are Barlinka, Bonheur, Dauphine, Waltham Cross, Alphonse Lavallée, Red Globe, La Rochelle, Sunred Seedless, Thompson Seedless and Sultanas. Cultivars should match the climatic conditions otherwise can be grown under controlled temperatures.

All grapes are woody, climbing vines. Grapevines use tendrils to attach themselves to other tall-growing plants. Their shoots extend to nearly a metre a year because most of the energy goes into growth in length and not in girth. Tendrils occur opposite leaves at nodes and automatically begin to coil when they contact another object. Grapes are cultivated on a trellis, fence or other structure for support.

Leaves vary in shape and size, depending on species and cultivar. Buds are compound in grapes, meaning that they have multiple growing points or meriste

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 July 2017 at 11:42

GROWING CASSAVA 

A training manual from production to post harvest

Cassava is either the first or the second most important staple food in many sub-Saharan African countries. Cassava production and processing practices remain largely habitual in most of the producing countries despite the high potentials for its commercial production and processing, its export potential, and its use in local industries to reduce import expenditure on substitute imported products. Most cassava farmers are either not aware of available modern technologies for growing and processing cassava or lack the ability to use them.

Although new commercial, medium-scale cassava farmers are beginning to emerge in Zambia, most of them use only some and not all available or recently developed modern techniques that can increase efficiency of growing and processing cassava. Inability to apply modern technologies in a holistic or consolidated manner for cassava growing and processing operations reduces the prospect to

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 July 2017 at 10:50

Call for applications for the Africa Agri-Food Development Programme

Government of Ireland Africa Agri-food Development Program (AADP) for African Agricultural Organisations 2017. The programme is a joint initiative by the Ireland Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Ministry of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to support partnerships between Irish and African agri-food companies.

The Objective of the AADP is to develop partnerships between the Irish Agri-Food Sector and African countries to support sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa.

It is intended that any investment by the AADP will be catalytic support with co-funding from the private sector. The fund is designed to leverage greater expertise, experience and investment from the Irish agri-food sector and projects should demonstrate results with a long-term developmental impact that will ultimately lead to

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 01:33

Highlights of the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day

AgriProFocus participated in the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day commemoration which was held under the theme "Inclusion" and the slogan "Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind".

AgriProFocus coordinated the break out session which was facilitated in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Agriterra, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission and the Ministry of Trades, Commerce and Industry.

Insightful  views on the topics of discussion were shared. The topics included;

1. Network optimization. The case of AgriProFocus facilitated by AgriProFocus

2. Corporate governance of cooperatives- the MAKE or BREAK factor in achieving inclusive

participation by Agriterra

3. Business Development Management and negotiation skills by SNV Netherlands Development Organization

4. Out grower schemes – Accelerator of inclusive development by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEE

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 6 July 2017 at 10:52

Highlights of The Energy For Agriculture Learning Day In Chibombo District Central Province

The first ever Energy for Agriculture Learning Day was held in Chibombo district on 27th June, 2017. It was a fruitful meeting with representations from the private sector, NGOs, the government and cooperatives.

Farmer representatives argued that when it comes to deforestation, they do not have alternative sources of energy. Despite having acknowledged the harsh impact of climate change that they have experienced, they cannot afford utility bills for electricity hence the dependence on charcoal and firewood.

In an effort to address the challenge of deforestation yet meeting household energy requirements at farm level, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is piloting the Energy for Agriculture Project. The project promotes the construction of biodigesters which are fed with cow dung to produce biogas and bioslurry. Biodigesters convert animal dung and other organic materials into comb

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 23 June 2017 at 07:58

Benefits of Adopting Bio Digester Technologies on Farm

AgriProFocus Zambia together with Energy for Agriculture project under SNV Zambia works with smallholder emergent dairy farmers, entrepreneurs, trade schools and artisans to promote and construct bio gas digesters that provide on farm energy for productive use. Some of the benefits of adopting bio digesters on farms include;

1. Economic Benefits

-Saving expenditures on fuel use.

-Reduction in health expenditures and decreased frequency to hospitals due to decrease in smoke-borne diseases.

-Income generation through selling of carbon credits.

-Enhanced soil productivity because of the use of bio slurry (added N, P, K values).

-Reduced quantity of chemical fertilizers due to use of bio slurry.

2. Health Benefits

-Improved household sanitation due to improved management of animal dung

-Reduction in smoke-borne diseases headaches, dizziness, respiratory tract infection , etc

-Improved household nutrition

3. Environmental Benefits

-Preservation of forest

-Increase

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