ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia’s national flag carrier Ethiopian
Airlines (ET) announced on Tuesday it had finalized shareholders
agreement with the Zambian government to relaunch Zambia
Zambia has had no
national airline since 1994, when its airline, Zambia Airways,
CEO of ET, said the launching of Zambia Airways will enable the
travelling public in Zambia and the Southern African region to
enjoy greater connectivity options.
He further said the
agreement will facilitate the flow of investment, trade and
tourism, and contribute to the socioeconomic growth of the
country and the region.
ET expects the
airline to initially serve national and regional destinations
before embarking on international flights.
The expected budget
for the first year is estimated at about 30 million U.S. dollars
and the airline is expected to start operations this year.
The Government of
Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55 percent and ET
will have 45 percent stakes in the airline.
currently operates and manages Malawi Airlines in southern
Africa and ASKY airlines in western Africa.
reduced maize production in Zambia
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambia will likely see a decrease in the
production of its staple crop maize in 2018 due to a number of
challenges experienced, analysts told Xinhua on Tuesday.
executive director of the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research
Institute (APRI), said the low maize price offered by the
government last year, the outbreak of the fall armyworms, the
late delivery of farming inputs under a government subsidized
program and the dry spell being experienced in some parts of the
country will have a negative bearing on maize production in the
“This year, the
major problem that we have is that we entered the year with very
low prices of maize and farmers were demoralized to go into
maize production,” he said in an interview.
The situation, he
said, has been exacerbated by a dry spell experienced in some
provinces in the last three weeks, adding that this will affect
He has called for
significant investment in irrigation farming, adding that
depending on rain-fed agriculture was the thing of the past.
His organization, he
said, has done a lot of research on how irrigation could boost
agricultural production in the country in order to make the
country a food basket of the southern African region.
spokesperson of the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), said
the erratic rains experienced in some parts of the country have
affected maize fields, with crops starting to wilt. “The
situation is bad,” he said.
Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa said farmers who
will be affected by the poor weather pattern will be helped
under a weather index insurance put in place.
“It is clear that
the southern part of the country will not receive adequate rains
and as government we have a program for insurance of crops
during bad weather,” he said.
Zambia has recorded
bumper harvests of maize in recent seasons. During the 2016/2017
season, the country produced 2.8 million tons of maize.