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State creates website for phytosanitary services

ZAMBIA - Government has launched plant quarantine and phytosanitary services website to provide information to the public on plant health and agricultural-related matters.

The website has been established through a project on plant health, funded by the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

This is according to the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) news brief availed to the Daily Mail.

“The Ministry of Agriculture through Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) [on March7, 2016] launched the plant quarantine and phytosanitary services website [which] will be accessible to the public and will provide useful information on various agricultural issues,” the union says.

ZNFU notes that the website will also provide information on phytosanitary service fees for plant import permits, phytosanitary certificates, inspections, nursery, premises and fumigation registrations.

Other information which will be provided by the website is creating awareness on plant health matters and regular pest alerts among others.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture in Kabompo has conducted a preliminary crop forecast for the 2015/16 farming season revealing an increase in crop production.

Kabompo district senior agriculture officer Solani Mweemba said the crop forecast was concluded and results are showing expected crop production of 9,169.05 tonnes of white maize, indicating an increase of 9.3 percent over the figures for last season which were at 8,383.7 tonnes.

March 22, 2016;