4th Commercial Farm Africa,

07-09 Oct, 2015 - Lusaka, ZAMBIA

Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka

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Opening Address by

 Hon. Given Lubinda, MP

Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Zambia


"Driving agri sector ahead - from farm to value-added products"


Agriculture - the engine of growth in Africa! From Cote d’voire to Tanzania, agriculture is propelling strong economic growth. Investments are pouring into Africa from farmland investment to agro-processing value chain.  However, where are the hotspots for agri investment and what are the challenges in these countries? How to develop a responsible and sustainable agriculture model? What are the prospects & challenges to develop the agro-processing value chain? How will these investments benefit small-holder farms and the community? 


Zambia has one of the most favourable climate in Africa, richly blessed with abundant arable land and 60% of SADC’s fresh water resources.  The Zambian government has prioritized agriculture and agro processing with tax incentives up to 5 years to attract more investment into the agriculture & processing sector.  


Zambia is set  to benefit from a new agro investment worth an estimated $10 million. The German Amatheon Agri Group and the Japanese Toyota Tsusho Corporation recently announced the agro partnership project. The joint venture underscores the increasing importance of the agricultural sector across the continent as a whole. The project includes the construction of a large scale agro-project of 2 700 hectares of land for the cropping of maize, wheat and soya.   


9/7/15, www.brussels.cta.int



Bayer and AGCO, in collaboration with other partners have launched a Future Farm project in Lusaka, Zambia. The project will see the two agricultural players bringing their respective expertise together to develop a sustainable food production system to increase farm output by using Africa’s agricultural resources more effectively.    


27/5/15, www.africabusiness.com



Securing finances/funding for projects is always a challenge in Africa.  Does size and location matter? What are the projects selection criteria & priority? Is integrated projects more attractive?


Attend CMT’s 4th Commercial Farm Africa Summit on 8-9 Oct 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia to meet the who’s who in the agri value chain!




  • H.E Hon. Given Lubinda, MP & Minister of Agriculture & Livestock, Zambia outlines Zambia’s  Diversification strategy to grow its country’s  agri sector
  • Ecobank to provide demand/supply outlook & trends in soft commodities market
  • Zambia Sugar shares a case study on developing outgrowers’ program for sustainable agriculture 
  • Learn more about the  future of bioenergy &  value-added investments in Sub-Sahara Africa from Sunbird Bioenergy
  • Horizon Plantation share insights on developing commercial fruits & vegetables farm in Ethiopia
  • Find out what are the challenges of Agribusiness investment in Zambia from Zambeef Products
  • Clarify from financiers how to securing fundings for agri projects. Hear from AfDB, World bank & more! 
  • AGCO Corp shares their expertise in Modernization & mechanization of farming practice 
  • Latest update on the use of drones for farmland surveys and crop monitoring from SGS Precision Farming Services
  • Learn how to improve soil health and reduce farm costs from Soil Capital
  • Gain first- hand information from the Senior Advisor of Agriculture & Rural Development to Prime Minister of Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC on their plans to  transform DRC’s land into profitable commercial farm
  • DekelOil examines the challenges & opportunities of  investing in a sustainable oil palm plantation in Cote d’Voire while Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda shares  details on public-private partnership in their agri sector 
  • End-users outlines their Local sourcing strategy and  building a sustainable supply chain
  • Latest update on Infrastructure development to support agriculture value chain &  trade 
  • Assess Post-harvest management technology & facilities in the region as well as the complexities of seeds distribution system

Register now with your team at www.cmtevents.com  to enjoy group discount. For more information, contact grace@cmtsp.com.sg 


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Testimonials from 3rd Commercial Farm Africa, March 2013, Accra

"It was informative, well-planned & organized!" - MS Group


"It was a very good experience." - Kwanim-GDK Farm


"Very informative session, very well organized. This put a lot of new ideas in the audience and will surely create
new opportunities in the agri-world."
- Technoserve


"Enjoyed it. Varied & interesting content." - Phatisa


"It was a good event for idea sharing and networking." - John Deere


"Excellent as usual. This is the 3rd CMT event I have attended and they should keep up the good standard."

- Dabol Nig Ltd


"This was a very good all-round exposure to the practical first hand experience in African Agriculture."

- Al Rajhi International


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This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players & investors in the industry. Talk to us for sponsorship packages or book your exhibition space now!


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Industry News

Ethiopia: Gov't Provides Over 2.3 Million Hectares of Land for Investors in Agriculture


Zambia: Portugal Eyes Zambian Maize


Ethiopia: Kessem Sugar Development Factory Poised to Begin Sugar, Ethanol Production


Rice seed scaling project launched in Ghana


Tanzania: Ministry Mulls Focusing on Cotton, Cassava


Cargill launches first mini mill in Chipata, Zambia


Zambia Sugar Plc Invests US$82 Million in Major Sugar Project


Dangote to focus on timely completion of world largest refinery, fertilizer plant, rice


S. Africa Plants Record Soybean Area as Oilseed Demand


Cote d'Ivoire forges partnership with Nestle to boost coffee production

Industry News


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Farmall 80 JXM

Farmall 90 JXM

Max Engine Power [hp (Kw)]

80 (59.7)

88 (65.7 )

Engine Type



540 (standard)

540/540E & 540/1000 (optional)


Turbocharged Aftercooled



Max Torque (Nm)

310 @ 1400 Rpm

340 @ 1400 Rpm

Fuel Tank Capacity (liters)


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01 Oct, 2015


Zambia’s largest integrated agribusiness group, Zambeef Products Plc, has pioneered the country’s first ever palm oil plantation in Mpika.


Zambeef started the Zampalm project in 2009. Around 370,900 palm trees are planted over an area of 2,612 hectares in the main plantation currently.


Zampalm owns 20,238 hectares of titled land and intends to plant a total of 4,812 hectares in 2017 with plans to expand on a yearly basis. Zamplan has committed to invest approximately USD41.5 million. The company has already spent US$20 million of that amount.


It’s estimated that the plantation can produce an average of 3 - 3.5 tonnes of crude oil per hectare that can generate over USD170 million in revenue over the next 10 years.

Zampalm has also built a 2-tonnes-per-hour crushing mill. It also plans a second 2-tonnes plant in 2017 and another 10-tonnes plant in 2018. The mills are expected to increase the crude palm oil production up to 17,000 tonnes a year.

The project is expected to decrease Zambia’s dependence on palm oil imports. It’s estimated that the country needs approximately 120,000 tonnes of palm oil annually, of which more than 50% is imported from the Far East, East Africa and South Africa.

The added palm oil production capacity has the potential to help the government to reduce crude palm oil imports, which currently stand at over USD70 million annually.

More on Zambeef’s commercial farming activities will be discussed by Francis Grogan, Joint CEO of Zambeef Products Plc at 4th Commercial Farm Africa, scheduled on 7-9 October, 2015, in Lusaka.

Contact Ms. Grace at grace@cmtp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147 for more information.


14 Sep, 2015


لوساكا، زامبيا، 11 آب/أغسطس، 2015 / بي آر نيوزواير / -- يتوقع إطلاق نقاش شامل عن أحدث الفرص في الزراعة التجارية في أفريقيا – بما في ذلك زيت النخيل، والكسافا، والكاكاو والحبوب والسكر وفول الصويا، والفواكه والخضروات وكذلك الاستثمارات والشراكات العامة-الخاصة، ومنتجات القيمة المضافة والتقنية الحديثة – في قمة المزارع التجارية الأفريقية الرابعة التي ستعقد في لوساكا بزامبيا في الفترة بين 7-9 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر، 2015.


هذه القمة ينظمها مركز إدارة التكنولوجيا الذي يجمع ممثلي الوزارات ومزودي التكنولوجيا واللاعبين البارزين في الصناعات الزراعية من جميع أنحاء العالم وتهدف إلى زيادة حجم سلسلة القيمة الزراعية الأفريقية. وإذ ستعقد القمة في زامبيا، فسيلقي الخطاب الافتتاحي فيها معالي عضو البرلمان والوزير في وزارة الزراعة والثروة الحيوانية في زامبيا غيفن لوبندا، حول "استراتيجية التنويع لتنمية القطاع الزراعي في زامبيا" Zambia's Agri Sector'.


وسيتشاطر ممثلون للشركة الراعية للقمة، "أس جي أس لخدمات الزراعة الدقيقة" وراعي حفل استقبال التعارف، شركة أغكو كوربوريشن" خبراتهم أيضا حول "استخدام الطائرات بدون طيار لمسوح الأراضي الزراعية ورصد المحاصيل" و"التحديث والميكنة للمارسة الزراعية" على التوالي.


وسيتواصل تقديم معلومات قيمة عن الزراعة التجارية في زامبيا من قبل ممثلي شركة زامبيا للسكر ومنتجات اللحوم البقرية في زامبيا، عبر جلستين منفصلتين، برنامج "تنمية مزارعي الزراعة المستدامة "و" تحديات الأعمال الزراعية للاستثمار في زامبيا" على التوالي.

وتضم قائمة المتحدثين أيضا كوني ماغومو مسابا، مديرة المشروع في وزارة الزراعة والثروة الحيوانية والثروة السمكية من أوغندا، التي ستتحدث عن تقاسم الفرص والتحديات التي تواجه الشراكة بين القطاعين العام والخاص في القطاع الزراعي في البلاد والدكتور جون مصوصل أوليموينغو، المستشار الكبير للتنمية الريفية لرئيس وزراء جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية وزميل البحث، في المعهد الدولي الذي يتحدث عن "تحويل أرض جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية إلى مزارع تجارية مربحة."

بالإضافة إلى ذلك، ستتناول جلستان في القمة مركزتان على بلدين محددين "تطوير مزارع الفواكه والخضروات التجارية في إثيوبيا"
Fruits & Vegetables Farm in Ethiopia و"الاستثمار المستدام في مزارع زيت النخيل في ساحل العاج التي سيقدمها مدير الأعمال الزراعية التجارية في مزارع هورايزنز في إثيوبيا وديكيل أويل، مدير الأعمال التجارية الزراعية، وأي أكس واي أس للاستشارات دي أم سي سي، على التوالي.

وتركز الجلسات البارزة الأخرى على التالي:

• الطلب / العرض واتجاهات الأسعار في السلع الناعمة - مجموعة إيكوبانك
• مستقبل استثمارات الطاقة الحيوية والقيمة المضافة في أفريقيا جنوب الصحراء – صنبيرد بيوإنيرجي
• تطوير البنية التحتية لتقوية سلسلة القيمة الزراعية - الأمانة العامة للكوميسا
• التربة الصحية، المزارع المربحة: كيف تقود تقنيات حفظ التربة
Soil Conservation Techniques  إلى النجاح في الزراعة الواسعة النطاق - كابيتال سويل

• حلقة نقاش: تمويل المشاريع الزراعية في أفريقيا - مجموعة البنك الإفريقي للتنمية، سويس ري
• حلقة نقاش: الموارد المحلية وبناء سلسلة التوريد المستدامة – دياغو

يمكن للحضور أيضا الاشتراك في زيارة اختيارية لموقع مزرعة ومصنع السكر في مازبوكا يوم 7 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2015


لمزيد من المعلومات، قم بزيارة الموقع website، أو اتصل بالآنسة غريس على grace@cmtsp.com.sg، أو +65-6346-9147

12 Aug, 2015


LUSAKA, Zambie, 11 août 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Un débat approfondi axé sur les dernières possibilités en matière d'agriculture africaine à vocation commerciale – concernant l'huile de palme, le manioc, le cacao, les céréales, le sucre, le soja, les fruits et légumes ainsi que les investissements, les PPP, les produits à valeur ajoutée et les technologies modernes – est prévu lors du quatrième Sommet sur l'agriculture commerciale africaine (Commercial Farm Africa), qui se tiendra à Lusaka (Zambie), du 7 au 9 octobre 2015.


Le sommet, organisé par le Centre for Management Technology, réunit des représentants de ministères, des fournisseurs de technologies et des acteurs de premier plan en matière d'agroalimentaire provenant du monde entier, dans le but de développer la chaîne de valeur de l'agroalimentaire africain. Se tenant en Zambie, l'allocution liminaire sur la « stratégie de diversification en vue de développer le secteur agricole zambien » sera prononcée par Monsieur Given Lubinda, parlementaire et ministre, du Ministère zambien de l'agriculture et de l'élevage.


La société SGS dispensant des services d'agriculture de précision, qui parraine cette manifestation, et une réception permettant de tisser des relations parrainée par AGCO Corporation, offrent l'occasion d'échanger des observations, respectivement sur « L'utilisation de drones pour les études relatives aux terres agricoles et la surveillance des cultures » et « La modernisation et la mécanisation des pratiques agricoles ».


De précieuses informations sur l'agriculture commerciale zambienne seront communiquées plus avant par Zambia Sugar et Zambeef Products, dans le cadre de deux sessions séparées, « Développer le programme des petit exploitants pour l'agriculture durable » pour la première et « Les défis de l'investissement dans l'agroalimentaire en Zambie », pour la seconde.


Les conférenciers invités comprennent également Connie Magomu Masaba, chargée de projet au sein du Ministère ougandais de l'agriculture, de l'élevage et des pêches, qui fera part des possibilités et des défis relatifs au partenariat public-privé dans le secteur agricole du pays et le Dr John Mususa Ulimwengu, conseiller principal pour le compte de l'agriculture et du développement rural auprès du Premier ministre de la République démocratique du Congo et chargé de recherche principal au sein de l'IFPRI, qui interviendra sur le thème, « Convertir la terre en RDC en exploitations commerciales rentables ».


En outre, deux sessions axées sur les pays portant sur les thèmes, « Développer les exploitations commerciales de fruits et légumes en Éthiopie » et « Investir dans une plantation d'huile de palme durable en Côte d'Ivoire » seront animées respectivement par Horizon Plantations Ethiopia et DekelOil/Directeur en matière d'agroalimentaire chez AXYS Consulting DMCC.


Les autres sessions d'importance comprennent :

  • Offre/demande et tendances des prix concernant les produits de base autres que les métaux -- Groupe Ecobank 
  • L'avenir de la bioénergie et des investissements à valeur ajoutée en Afrique subsaharienne -- Sunbird Bioenergy 
  • Le développement des infrastructures pour renforcer la chaîne de valeur agricole -- Secrétariat du COMESA 
  • Sols sains, exploitations rentables : comment les techniques de conservation des sols conduisent à une fructueuse agriculture à grande échelle -- Soil Capital 
  • Table ronde : financement de projets agricole en Afrique -- Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement, SwissRe 
  • Table ronde : approvisionnement local et édification d'une chaîne d'approvisionnement durable -- Diageo

Les participants peuvent également s'inscrire pour une visite facultative de la plantation zambienne de canne à sucre (Zambia Sugar Plantation) et de sa fabrique, à Mazabuka, le 7 octobre 2015.


Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez consulter le site Web ou contacter Mme Grace à l'adresse suivante grace@cmtsp.com.sg ou +65-6346-9147.

12 Aug, 2015


Africa's major business conglomerate Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has signed an MOU with Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) to establish fully integrated rice production and processing operations across fives states in Nigeria - Edo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara, and Niger.


Dangote Industries Ltd will invest $1billion (N165 billion) in the project. A total of 150,000 hectares of farmland in the five states has been acquired by Dangote which will be used for commercial production of rice paddy. Apart from this, Dangote plans two state-of-the-art large-scale rice mills with a capacity to process 240,000 metric tonnes of rice paddy. The capacity is planned to be doubled within two years.


Besides, the rice plant is expected to produce 960,000 metric tons of mill rice, which will be about 46 per cent of rice imported into Nigeria.

It will be the largest single investment ever made in rice production in Africa, with the installed capacity.


Nigeria expects that this project will help them produce international quality grade rice and enhance its prospects of becoming a major rice exporter. Nigeria, currently imports rice to meet demand.

The country's rice self-sufficiency policy aims at saving N356billion annually. The country has already witnessed an increase in the number of rice mills from just one in 2011 to 18 by 2014. All these mills process local paddy into high quality finished rice. The Nigerian rice is already available in the local market in brands such as Quarra Rice, Umza rice, Ebony super rice, Eko rice, Mikap rice, Ashi rice, Queen of the Niger and Mama's Pride.


4th Commercial Farm Africa scheduled on 8-9 October, 2015 in Lusaka will discuss more updates on further elucidate the developments in commercial farming activities in Africa.


Contact Ms. Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147 for more details.



11 May, 2015