Utilise wheat potential

ZAMBIA and other African countries should take advantage of opportunities in wheat production to cushion the global deficit, a regional research organisation says.
This is because wheat adds a relatively small part to sub-Saharan African grains (SSA) production, with the region’s crop forecast to be 7.6 million tonnes in 2018-19, compared to 7.3 million last year.
Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) commissioned a study on sustainable and competitive smallholder wheat production and marketing in southern Africa to address the wheat deficit in the region.
The commissioning of the study forms part of CCARDESA’s mandate to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programmes (CAADP), which has identified pillars for investment and action in pursuing increased and sustainable productivity in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and livestock management.
In its findings, CCARDESA says African countries need to explore various ways of addressing the wheat demand challenge through exploiting the potential for local production in countries with untapped wheat output

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