Leah Banda


Lusaka, Zambia

About Me

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

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Posted 22 hours ago

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 yesterday 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. 

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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


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 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


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Posted 22 June 2017 at 12:44

Why Cow Milk is so Good for Humans!

Good nutrition is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Milk is one of the most important, complete foods available, as it is an excellent source of vital vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals needed for building and maintaining strong and healthy bodies. Although milk is important for the growth of young children, milk and milk products should form part of the entire family's daily diet. The nutrients found in cow milk are well absorbed by the body and are vital for strong bones and good health.

Extract from Dairy Association of Zambia Newsletter: April-May 2017

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Posted 14 June 2017 at 12:28

ZANACO Bank Upholds the Agriculture Sector

Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) has increased its financial support to the agriculture sector from K 600 million last year to K 1 billion this year to enable the industry to significantly contribute to economic growth.

The agriculture sector is a top priority in the country’s economic diversification agenda, as such, the financial institutions have to ensure that they attach great importance to the industry. This is because providing sufficient and affordable financing will significantly contribute to increasing productivity, income generation, poverty reduction and job creation, thereby supporting  the sector’s gross domestic product.

In response to calls for increased financial support to the agriculture sector, ZANACO has set aside about K 1 billion to support the agriculture sector in Zambia.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 8 June 2017 at 11:05

Zambia's Seed Laws Aligned to COMESA Seed Policies

ZAMBIA has aligned its national seed laws to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) seed policies that will enable smallholder farmers’ access to a variety of quality inputs to improve their harvests.

Other countries that also aligned their national regulatory seed laws include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

The aim of harmonising country seed laws and regulations under the COMSESA is to bring about consistent domestication, application, monitoring and improvement in seed certification, quarantine and phytosanitary measures and in the evaluation and release of seed varieties among COMESA member countries.

Historically, the regulatory environment surrounding seed production and certification has made it costly to do business in the agriculture sector, discouraging private sector companies from investing in innovation and expanding production.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 June 2017 at 10:40

Zambia's maize to start trading on South African bourse

The Zambia Agriculture Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE)  in collaboration with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) will give exposure to Zambian grains on the world market in addition to the region markets . ZAMACE has since started registering brokers to trade with their counterparts on the South African bourse and the first trade would take place in the next few months 

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Energy for Agriculture Learning Day

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  22 June 2017, All Day Event
  Chibombo District, Central Province

The energy for Agriculture Learning Day event is for organizations/institutions who have an interest in biogas technology or would like to learn about the biogas technology that SNV Netherlands Development Organization is promoting for the benefit of the farmers they work with. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 6 June 2017 at 08:01

Highlights of the 2017 World Milk Day Commemoration

This year’s World Milk Day commemoration was held in Choma district in the southern region of Zambia under the theme "Raising a Glass to Nourish a Child".

The event was attended by Government Representatives who included the Southern region Deputy Permanent Secretary, the Mayor, the Provincial Livestock and Fisheries Coordinator and District Coordinators, banks represent included Finance Bank, Zanaco bank, and Indo Zambia bank, Building Society, SACCO. Processors present included Parmalat, the input livestock sector input suppliers included VET 24, Bimeda, Green Solutions and Grandees were exhibited their products. Others in attendance were the Dairy Association of Zambia, Czech Republic office, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission, Cooperatives, individual dairy farmers and pupils. 

The world milk day commemoration was organized by AgriProFocus Zambia, SNV Netherlands Development Organization and Choma Dairy Cooperative Union.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 30 May 2017 at 12:04

Livestock Services: Commodity Price list

All prices inclusive of VAT.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 26 May 2017 at 11:35

World Milk Day Celebrations – 1st June

Zambia joins the rest of the world in celebrating the  World Milk Day which falls on 1st June. World milk day celebration was initiated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in 2001 in order to encourage common social public about the milk and dairy products consumption as their daily diet.

World Milk Day is celebrated by the people all across the world on annual basis. It is celebrated to increase the common public awareness about all aspects of the natural milk such as its natural origin, milk nutritional value and various milk products including its economic importance throughout the globe. World Milk Day celebration has impacted large population to understand the reality of milk. Milk is great source of all the healthy nutrients required by the body (calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iodine, iron, potassium, folates, vitamin A, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, protein, healthy fat and etc. It provides instant energy to t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 22 May 2017 at 07:05


Imagine having direct access to services that only laboratories could provide? Even better, testing up to 22,500 soil samples a year without prior lab experience?

Worldwide population is increasing and food production has to double to keep up with the growing demand. As much as 60% of crop yields depend on soil fertility. If farmers had easy, affordable and reliable access to information about their soil fertility status, they will increase their yields and participate in bridging the world food gap.

SoilCares provide the world’s farming community with data-based precision farming tools in order to extensively increase crop yields. One of the tools provided by SoilCares is a soil scanner. The scanner is an incredible, affordable and quick alternative for wet chemistry laboratories. To predict the soil status, the scanner compares its result to a unique world soil database that is developed and permanently updated by SoilCares research team in the Netherlands. The database cove

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 18 May 2017 at 01:12

 Good News!

 Livestock Services Co-operative Society has significantly dropped its Soya Meal prices to wildly competitive prices.

Prices are as follows:
Soya Meal ME K208.65, Soya Meal SE K185.34, Soya Meal FF K219.35.
Did you know that Livestock Offers free consultation services?
TECHNICAL SERVICES Veterinary Irrigation Nutrition Agro Chemicals Fish Farming Fencing Artificial Insemination Animal Production Free training in Agro and Livestock production and care.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 16 May 2017 at 08:13

Promoting Sustainable Energy Sources

Are you a livestock farmer who is wondering what to do with the animal waste? Do you know that you can produce electricity and bio-slurry out of that waste? Have you heard about the Zamdigester Model?

Energy for Agriculture (E4A) project  implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation has introduced a fixed-dome biodigester named Zamdigester. It is entirely made with locally available materials and local labour. When the Zamdigester is fed with the animal waste/any organic waste, it produces electricity for household use and bio slurry which is good organic fertilizer for your garden. The following are the benefits of using a Zamdigester;

1. Up to 40% increase in agriculture production due to use of high quality organic fertilizer- bio slurry.

2. Can use the electricity produced for milk chilling and radiant heating, cooking, etc.

3. Saving of traditional cooking fuel such as firewood up to 4,000 to 6,000 KG/year and  c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 15 May 2017 at 06:51

Business Development Services Africa is Hiring!

 An opportunity exists for BDSA Zambia Ltd. to work as a Senior Consultant placed with MRI-Syngenta, an agricultural input company, based out of Lusaka Zambia. The successful candidate will be leading the business development activities for MRI-Syngenta in Zambia, in an effort to create shared value between MRI and smallholder farmers across Zambia

See document attached for the full information!

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