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Beware of deregistered stud breeders, says Namibian Meat Board

The Namibian Meat Board (NMB) recently issued a warning to livestock buyers in Namibia to beware of buying animals from stud breeders who have been deregistered and are no longer allowed to sell their animals as such.

Namibian mutton and lamb exports on the increase

Since its reopening in the second half of 2022, the Farmers’ Meat Market export abattoir in Mariental, Namibia, has processed payment of R10,9 m, excluding VAT, to 46 sheep producers in that country.

Scepticism abounds over Zimbabwe’s compensation offer to farmers

Zimbabwe’s few remaining commercial farmers who lost their land during that country’s large-scale expropriation of white-owned farms were sceptical about the Zimbabwean government’s recent compensation offer. This was according to Dr Theo de Jager, chairperson of the board at the Southern African Agri Initiative (SAAI).

Botswana optimistic about local apple production

Farmers in Botswana are looking forward to starting the commercial production of apples, after the introduction of semi-arid varieties of apple trees suitable for local conditions.

Significant rise in milk production in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is making strides towards self-sufficiency in raw milk production, according to that country’s Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development permanent secretary, Dr John Basera.

Zimbabwe’s maize imports show a sharp decline in 2022

Zimbabwe imported significantly less maize in 2022 when compared with 2021, according to the most recent statistics released by the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency (ZimStat).
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Sharp increase in area planted to crops in Zimbabwe

In a positive development for that country, farmers in Zimbabwe have reported that they have planted double the number of hectares to maize to date in 2022, compared with the same time the previous year.

US$98 million initiative to restore rangelands in Botswana

United States (US) Conservation International, United Nations (UN) Green Climate Fund and Botswana’s Ministry of Agriculture recently launched a new initiative intended to restore communal rangelands and improve the grazing on farmland in Botswana.

Plans for more Nile tilapia farming in Zimbabwe

A strategy that will see a nearly threefold increase in farmed Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in Zimbabwe has been announced by the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).

Zimbabwe wheat crop volumes hit record

Wheat producers in Zimbabwe had delivered a record volume of wheat of almost 327 000t to that country’s Grain Marketing Board by 25 November.

Nambian agri union committed to uplifting farmworkers

The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) is committed to maintaining the human dignity of farmworkers and to ensure that they could enjoy a dignified retirement.

New initiative to increase milk production in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean government has announced a strategic initiative to help fill the gap between milk supply and demand in that country.