Crops

No need to drone on… SunAgri provides the best drones for the farmer!

Frazer Zhang is the director at SunAgri.  In this video, he explain a bit more about the product they sell. Their drones can spray as much as 1000 hectares. You are able to charge...

23 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Omnia supports farmers during climate change

Changes in climate cycles through drought and rainy seasons continue to affect farmers. In the never-ending quest for improved yields, farmers are constantly confronted with new products...

20 May 2024 · 3 min read

Banana production in Africa part 5: Harvesting and marketing

Harvesting The right time to harvest bananas is quite important and tricky. It must be when they are swollen and green but before they become ripe (plump and yellow). Do not harvest t...

15 May 2024 · 2 min read

Setting up your first hydroponic system: What you need to know

Starting your own hydroponic system can be a daunting task. There are so many different methods and so much information that it can make your head spin. But when it comes to hydroponics,...

15 May 2024 · 8 min read

AgriTech Zambia: Farmers welcome Advanta Seeds’ drought tolerant high yielding cro...

Advanta Seeds’ stand was a big attraction at this year’s AgriTech expo in Chisamba, Zambia. They had a wide variety of their field and vegetable crops on display for Zambian farmers....

14 May 2024 · 6 min read

Climate smart Sugargraze from Advanta Seeds: The sweet taste of success

Smart crops are the way of the future and Advanta Seeds are changing agriculture with their climate smart crops. During a historical day for Advanta Seeds they presented their new forage...

14 May 2024 · 8 min read

Sustainable farming in Zambia | ADVANTA Seeds leading the way

ADVANTA seeds are at the forefront of technology ensuring a bright future for farmers across Africa. Advanta Seeds is leading Sustainable Agriculture with climate-smart crops and recentl...

13 May 2024 · < 1 min read

VIDEO: President Hakainde Hichilema inaugurates ADVANTA/UPL seed sorghum in Zambia

Smart crops are the way of the future and Advanta Seeds are changing agriculture with their climate mart crops. On 17 April 2024, the inauguration of the UPL/ ADVANTA sorghum took pla...

13 May 2024 · < 1 min read

AgriTech Expo Zambia shapes the future of agriculture for Zambia and neighbouring ...

More than 18 000 visitors poured through the gates of AgriTech Expo 2024 in Chisamba, Zambia, all eager to learn of the latest developments in agriculture. The organiser, DLG Agricult...

13 May 2024 · 3 min read

Bayer’s insecticides and maize stood out at AgriTech

Bayer strives to provide farmers with what they need to thrive in their areas. Many of Bayer’s Dekalb maize cultivars are, for example, drought tolerant which is very important in a co...

13 May 2024 · 4 min read

No more need to toil for healthy soil | Omnia

If a company has been in business for more than 32 years, you sure can count on them. This is exactly the case with Omnia! Their fertiliser can be trusted to transform your soil. They...

10 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Bayer is the best in the crop protection business!

Bayer showed up to AgriTech, guns blazing! Hamakona Munjile explains in this video exactly what it is that makes Bayer the best in the business. Their crop protection products help...

10 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Bayer’s insecticides and maize stood out at AgriTech

Bayer strives to provide farmers with what they need to thrive in their area. Many of Bayer’s Dekalb maize cultivars are, for example, drought tolerant which is very important in a cou...

1 May 2024 · 3 min read

Statement on the FRA maize price

The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) is pleased that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has entered the crop market early, unlike most seasons in the past when moisture content caused the...

30 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

National Milling: If you can name it, they can mill it!

“National Milling continues to grow. We have great confidence in this country and this region. Zambia is a good market, a good place to be and a good place to do business.” These con...

25 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

Alvan Blanch: Meet the market leaders in grain dryers

When it comes to grain processing there is no other choice than Alvan Blanch. With more than 70 years of engineering experience, their innovative designs and systems exceed others on the...

24 Apr 2024 · 5 min read

Seed storage: Tips and guidelines

African farmers do not need to be reminded of the struggles they face in cultivating their crops. Access to inputs such as seed and fertiliser, whether due to costs or transport, is not ...

9 Feb 2024 · 7 min read

Hydroponics in Africa part 1: Is hydroponics the future for food security?

One of the earliest mentions of hydroponics is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; today hydroponics is an accepted and efficient way to ensure a high yield year-round. According to the Unit...

5 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Establishing a successful crop of maize: What you need to know part 2

In this second and final edition of the SeedCo article series on establishing a successful crop of maize, we discuss seeding rates, depth of planting, nutritional requirements and crop p...

21 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

Fruit production part 9: Cherries take the cake

Cherries, like most other commercially produced fruits, are grown in orchards that can be quite expensive to establish. The cherry bush or tree (Prunus avium) has specific climatic requi...

21 Nov 2023 · 5 min read

Fruit Production Part 8: Strawberries

Strawberries are a high-value crop that can boost your profits when it is grown right. The red bulbous fruit is grown from various varieties of the Fragaria ananassa plant. Technically, ...

21 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

Fruit production part 10: Grape adventures

Grape farming in Zambia is not a new thing. In fact, it has been more than a decade since growers have started to produce grapes for the table grape industry. Some farmers have even vent...

13 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

Food for Africa: Cassava

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is a versatile, nutty-flavoured starchy root vegetable (tuber) that is used in the same way as a potato. It is an important source of nutrients, carbohydrates...

6 Sep 2023 · 9 min read

Fruit production part 7: Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit that has gained significant popularity in recent years for its unique appearance. The brightly coloured fruit is also known as the pitaya or pitahaya, be...

5 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

Okra: Food for Africa

What is okra? Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a popular vegetable in Africa and the Middle East, the Caribbean, South America, and the southern parts of North America. It is also refer...

5 Sep 2023 · 9 min read

Herb and spice production part 7: Setting yourself up to grow

Becoming a spice producer requires a lot of planning. Just like any other farming operation, you need to consider input costs, labour, market access, and your return on investment. With ...

22 Aug 2023 · 8 min read

Plant for success with: Advanta Seeds International’s superior genetics

In Africa, Advanta is present in 30 countries at different stages of its evolution. In Zambia, Advanta Seeds has been operational since 2018, with presentment and a supporting team in Co...

21 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

Moringa in Southern Africa part 2: The cultivation process

Moringa is a resilient crop that can survive in the often harsh and unpredictable climate of Southern Africa because of its drought resistance. Farmers, who may have trouble growing othe...

8 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

Processing of condiments part 31: Small-scale fig preserve

Preserves are similar to jelly with the exception that whole or large pieces of fruit are used in the making of preserves. The figs used for the preserve should be first-ripe instead of ...

8 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

Meet the miracle tree: Production, cultivation, and consumption of moringa in Sout...

Both animals and humans can benefit from eating moringa (Moringa oleifera). Due to the plant’s high nutrient content, this "miracle tree" is useful in the fight against malnutrition, a...

28 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

Processing of condiments Part 30: Pickled red cabbage

Pickled red cabbage is shredded red cabbage canned or bottled in brine. Red cabbage (Brassica oleracea capitata) is most frequently used and should be packed as soon as possible after re...

20 Jul 2023 · 8 min read

Fruit production part 6: Blueberries

Blueberries are a well-known fruit across the globe. The juicy, marble-sized fruits are a culinary favourite, making their way into the muffins, pancakes, bread and breakfast bowls of co...

20 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

Holland Greentech assists emerging farmers from start to beyond success

Water is life and irrigation is a must for anyone who wants to farm profitably. That is why Holland Greentech ensures they provide farmers with the necessary guidance and support as well...

13 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Holland Greentech brings tailored solutions to farmers at AgriTech Zambia 2023

At Holland Greentech, we believe that if a farmer wins, we win together. Holland Greentech is a distributor forRijk Zwaan hybrid vegetable seeds and soil testing, Rivulis for drip irr...

13 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Holland Greentech is the all-in-one pitstop for vegetable farm inputs

Holland Greentech is a distribution company that offers African farmers an integrated portfolio from quality Dutch companies. This consists of a range of input products from industry lea...

15 May 2023 · 6 min read

Plant for success with: Advanta Seeds International’s superior genetics

Advanta Seeds International is a plant genetics company with a global presence across Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, North America and Europe. Advanta is a subsidiary of the...

15 May 2023 · 2 min read

Fruit production part 5: The cape gooseberry is a golden crop

The sweet cape gooseberry is gaining popularity due to its high value as the next big superfood. Its name is derived from its look, as the ripe fruit looks like it is wrapped in a paperl...

15 May 2023 · 6 min read

Processing of condiments Part 29: Pickled baby marrows

Baby marrows (courgette or zucchini) are common ingredients in vegetable pickles. It can either be pickled alone or in combination with other vegetables such as onion, gherkins, cauliflo...

15 May 2023 · 8 min read

Omnia Nutriology Zambia caters for emerging and commercial farmers at AgriTech exp...

Omnia prides itself on producing high-quality products that help farmers deliver a good yield. The business is divided into three categories: Emerging, Retail Commercial ...

12 May 2023 · < 1 min read

Omnia attracts numerous at Zambia’s AgriTech Expo

Omnia actively pursues the science of growing all over the globe, but also in Zambia. Omnia Zambia has been operating out of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, for close to 30 years. Wi...

10 May 2023 · 6 min read

Processing of condiments Part 28: Pickled asparagus

Asparagus is preserved by the ad­dition of salt and acid in a suit­able container that may or may not be pasteurised. Asparagus is usually pickled as whole spears, alone or with the ad...

8 May 2023 · 9 min read

Fruit production part 4: Prickly pears

The cactus- or prickly pear is an interesting kind of vegetation. It is a cactus that is both a vegetable and a fruit because the fleshy pads are con­sidered a vegetable and the parts t...

8 May 2023 · 8 min read

Processing of condiments – Part 27: Pickled beetroot

Pickled beetroot is skinned, sliced and cooked beetroot packed and preserved in vinegar, a little salt, with or without sweetener and spices. The product is sealed in glass jars and pas...

4 Apr 2023 · 8 min read

Fruit production part 3: Pineapple in its crowning glory

Pineapples. Who does not enjoy the sweet and sour flesh from time to time? Freshly sliced, the yellow fruit is juicy and rich in vitamin C and fibre. It is a tropical fruit that is grown...

15 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Soya bean inoculation at its best with ATUVA®!!

Since the breakout of Covid-19, the prices of fertilisers have been rising monthly. This has been compounded with the war in Ukraine. Regardless of whether the commodity prices of fertil...

22 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Fruit production part 1: Glorious granadillas

Granadillas, also known as passionfruit, is a vine species of passionflower that is native to Brazil. It belongs to the family Passiflora. The centre of the fruit is filled with yello...

22 Dec 2022 · 6 min read

Processing of condiments Part 25: Maize sweeteners & syrups

Maize sweeteners and syrups are manufactured from the starchy endosperm of maize using a conversion process known as hydrolysis. This hydrolysis process can be chemical (by means of stro...

21 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Processing of condiments Part 24: Sweet potato sugar syrup

Sweet potato sugar syrups are made from sweet potato starch, which is converted into a range of different types of sugars by means of special enzymes. The manufactured syrups can be used...

8 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Ancient African food Part 5.5: Yam bean and horned melon

African yam bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) The African yam bean belongs to the family Leguminosae. The annual climbing or prostrate vine is mainly grown for its fleshy roots that looks ...

7 Dec 2022 · 7 min read

Processing of condiments Part 23: Soya sauce

Soya sauce is the dark brown liquid extracted from a fermented soya-wheat mixture. It has a salty taste and sharp flavour. It is used as an all-purpose seasoning. Soya sauce is prepared ...

7 Dec 2022 · 9 min read

Syngenta Zambia “cements” its commitment to Zambian farmers

Syngenta Zambia has “cemented” its commitment to Zambian farmers and crop protection with their new corporate office in Lusaka’s Rhodes Park area. Syngenta Zambia held a launch ...

30 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

ORONDIS Ultra presents a new era of late blight and downy mildew protection

Farmers welcome Syngenta’s announcement of ORONDIS® Ultra fungicide with two active ingredients for unsurpassed late blight and downy mildew control. ORONDIS® Ultra fungicide brings ...

9 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Whatever your equipment needs … Ripper Tillage Equipment manufacture implements to...

Ripper Tillage Equipment has an implement for every job throughout the planting journey. The team specialises in custom-built equipment that ensures results in your crop because a succes...

9 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Charcoal-hungry: Cities are killing Malawi’s woodlands

Tree harvesting has left the Miombo woodlands in northern Malawi de­nuded of trees, resulting in major soil erosion. Ken Coetzee of Conservation Man­agement Services, based in Georg...

4 Nov 2022 · 9 min read

Ancient African food Part 5.4: Cowpea

The cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp) is one of the most important seed legumes in Africa. The edible leaves and seed have significantly high levels of protein (up to 40%), as well as t...

31 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Ancient African foods Part 5.3: Jute mallow and Ethiopian kale

Jute Mallow and Ethiopian Kale are two ancient African plants that are used as leafy green vegetables. Jute mallow (Corchorus olitorius) Jute mallow belongs to the Malvacea...

31 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Growing soya beans in Zambia, the Syngenta way!

Soya beans (Glycine max) is a crucial food legume crop being cultivated extensively in our country Zambia on large and small-scale farms. Growers must follow basic agronomic principle...

17 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Processing of condiments Part 22: Barbecue sauce, cheese sauce and cottage cheese

Barbecue sauce During barbecue-style cooking, barbeque sauce is used as a flavouring sauce, marinade, or basting for pork, beef and chicken. Barbeque sauce is a ubiquitous condiment tha...

28 Sep 2022 · 18 min read

Ancient African food Part 5.2: Marama, lablab and bambara beans

Legumes are a staple in many developing countries. Besides being a valuable source of protein, it also enriches the soil in which it grows. In this series, we highlight traditional crops...

26 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Hydroponics for Africa: Here is an opportunity!

The main asset utilised for farming in Africa is soil, a mixture of or­ganic matter, minerals, gases, liquids, and organisms for that sustain plant growth. The optimum use of this re...

26 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Processing of condiments Part 21: Grape vinegar

Vinegar is the sour liquid obtained by naturally fermenting the juice of any fruit, cereal or sugar substances. Fermented grape juice, that is wine, is used as the starting material to w...

26 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Debunking the early disease problem in legumeswere

For some time now, Syngenta Zambia did not have an alternative seed treatment solution for soya bean in Zambia other than DIVIDEND® Extreme. They had been providing some third-party pro...

8 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Establishing a successful crop of maize: What you need to know

In this article, we discuss seeding rates, depth of planting, nutritional requirements and crop protection. [caption id="attachment_4171" align="aligncenter" width="352"] Neat seed sp...

1 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Good news for Zambian farmers: Syngenta helps farmers to grow

The benefits of accepting a world class agro-chemical company in a developing country are numerous and valuable. Apart from the job opportunities created and the professional skills that...

1 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Tradecorp brings new solutions for Zambia farmers

Tradecorp is a global reference in the field of biostimulants and crop nutrition specialist, developing and manufacturing first-class, innovative solutions that are marketed in more than...

1 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Bayer shapes the future of agriculture through innovative products

Improving production and profits while minimising expense and effort is every farmer’s goal. Bayer understands this and continuously develops products that will enable a farmer to achi...

30 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Planting quality seeds

Seeds are a vital input for agricultural productivity. There are many seed companies that offers good seed. To provide the farmer with the best yields, seed should have the best genetics...

22 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Syngenta at your service: Ensure seed and food security with productive technologies

The world is undergoing great shocks due to climate change. Every drop of water is more important than ever before. Agriculture has become more scientific, and farmers that depend on rai...

22 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Dekalb® to the rescue: More than just a seed

Constant attacks are launched against farmers by various vicious pests and plagues. Fortunately, Bayer offers a complete arsenal of weapons for farmers to defend their crops against thes...

20 Jun 2022 · 5 min read

Yara, a leader in plant nutrition, tailor-made for the Zambian farmer

The President of the British Royal Academy, Sir William Crookes, warned that a lack of food security could pose a danger to England and other prosperous nations in the foreseeable future...

14 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

Feed for thought: Kow Kandy makes a difference in Zambia

We started with research on an annual fodder sorghum (cultivar Kow Kandy), in the Lusaka, Ndola and Livingstone districts of Zambia in 1999/2000,. The Kow Kandy was specifically popular ...

13 May 2022 · 5 min read
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