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... Read more
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
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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 email@example.com
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!
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer a prefab biodigester as opposed to the Zamdigester model.
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.
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... Read more
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.
Follow the l... Read more
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
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
-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.
-Improved household sanitation due to improved management of animal dung
-Reduction in smoke-borne diseases headaches, dizziness, respiratory tract infection , etc
-Improved household nutrition
-Preservation of forest
-Increase... Read more