ZNFU expresses concern of fallen wheat yield

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The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) says it is concerned with the possible reduction in wheat cultivation in Mkushi and Chongwe districts respectively.

This follows reports of unfilled dams during this rainy season in the two districts.

According to the ZNFU Weekly Agro Watch, obtained by ZANIS today, these concerns were raised during the recent Wheat Commodity Committee (WCC) meeting in Lusaka.

And the same publication indicates that the average price of Wheat per metric tonne has reduced by about US$70 in the past one year from US$ 461.0 in March last year to US$391.3 this month.

The WCC  in October last year projected that Zambia will have more than enough Wheat as farmers had planted about 39,689 hectares of the cereal with production estimated at 271, 473 metric tonnes.

The ZNFU in the same publication also reveals that the price of maize has remained high with a 50 kg bag of Maize fetching as high as K90 in Lusaka and Mazabuka districts.

And information captured by the ZNFU 4455 system shows that Ndola has the highest mealie meal prices at K78.5 for a 25 kg of breakfast while roller meal is pegged at K58 while Mazabuka recorded the lowest price of K65 and K50.4 for breakfast and roller meal respectively.

Meanwhile, the import parity prices for Lusaka stood at US$473.24 for Maize, US$773.02 for Soya and US$555.02 for Wheat.