Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) has called for a ban on importation of edible oils which has led to huge unsold quantities of locally processed edible oils, a situation which will also adversely affect the soya beans subsector.
According to the ZNFU Weekly Brief issued to QFM News, the farmers union has also assured farmers that it will continue its core business of lobbying and providing quality services to the agricultural sector.
Addressing farmers in Kabwe during the 2017 Annual General Meeting, ZNFU President Jervis Zimba has urged the farmers to remain focused and continue supporting the union.
Mr. Zimba says that a lot of things have slowed down in the sector because the union was in the past year busy doing non-agricultural things.
He has also bemoaned the continued ban on exportation of excess maize in the country and has indicated that if the ban was not lifted, this would result in having a few private players to participate in maize marketing which will consequently result in a slump of maize prices.
Mr. Zimba has further urged government to be proactive in addressing challenges facing the agriculture sector and stop the importation syndrome of things like powdered milk, Irish potatoes, vegetable.