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We are a non-profit online community of visionary, dedicated and passionate farmers who have come together to encourage, share and assist one another with valuable Production Information and Technology regarding the best agricultural practices and trends across the world. Our primary goal is to Promote Sustainable Agriculture as a viable tool to Food Security across the world.
 
CodeCast is a Zambian podcast that focuses on everything technology. We highlight innovations in AI and Machine Learning as well as the latest in data science. We cover releases from major technology companies and the effect these releases have on the developer and consumer community. We celebrate the role developers play in shaping the future of technology, both from a uniquely Zambian perspective to the repercussions on a global scale.
 
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Most people can probably say, “I know how to milk a cow – I’ve been doing that all my life!” The trouble, though, is that like most people, you might have developed bad habits. This was the case with one of our friends, a small-scale dairy farmer from Odzi, who said he had to “re-train” his teenage sons to milk because, in his words, “they got lazy…
 
Welcome back home To the first episode of this season Relax hydrate and enjoy the ride It's the reunion Disclaimer: Strong language at the end of the podcast Feedback IG@smarrtevinWha@0976670338Fb@tevinsmart GUESTS@UNFILTERED_MELANIN21 (cyntra)@chewe nkamba@annie phiri@kundananji simutenda@Tamandani mwalusaka @choolwe chileshe #weareback…
 
Goats are prone to a number of parasites, some more harmful than others. Good management can reduce the burden to below levels of economic damage but complete elimination is unrealistic to achieve. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://zaszambia.wordpress.com/2022/01/07/lets-talk-goats-external-parasites/…
 
Consumer knowledge of and interest in proteins is developing in nations with affluent populations. Meat has long been the primary source of protein, and protein consumption has expanded in developing economies in recent years. However, changing consumer behaviour and interest in various protein sources, owing to health and environmental concerns as…
 
Every broiler farmer's dream is to achieve very good weights, with low mortality, and raising birds in the shortest period possible. This helps them to get better return on investment (ROI). Let's go through some of the key points on how to achieve the best from our chicks. This podcast is also available as a blog post here: https://zaszambia.wordp…
 
The common understanding of agriculture as a sector changed dramatically following Davis and Golberg’s release of “A Concept of Agribusiness in 1957.” Their work offered a new approach to viewing and working with the agricultural sector and laid the foundation for the modern understanding of agribusiness. From that point, the sector became viewed a…
 
Goats can generally survive off the existing vegetation. They are a particularly useful animal to keep on areas that cannot be made arable, are rocky or with steep slopes. The manure is extremely useful for gardens and crop fields. They are widely kept in almost all rural areas and to a large extent serve as a small savings account with interest pa…
 
Climate change could negatively impact banana cultivation in some of the world’s most important producing and exporting countries, a study has revealed. Bananas are recognised as the most important fruit crop – providing food, nutrition and income for millions in both rural and urban areas across the globe. While many reports have looked at the imp…
 
The walls of a permanent piggery may be made of brick or stone with cement and should be of nine inch thickness. The walls should be plastered and coated with fine cement up to a height of 4 to 5ft. The corners and the place where the walls join the floor should be made smooth and round. The walls should be 4 to 5ft. high from the floor. The rest o…
 
Welcome aboard, This is ground zero a platform for you and I to interact, share ideas, thoughts, and perspectives, come up with solutions that solve the youth challenge problem. listen in to the trailer and enjoy the detail we have more in stock for you Join our WhatsApp group community here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/JqbXTbIF263K6Qs3iDNt --- Send …
 
It is often said that excess cooking is dangerous for our health and that we must avoid burning food. When cooking certain categories of food at high temperature or for a long period of time, several molecules are produced among which some are pleasant and others potentially toxic and dangerous for the health. This podcast is also available as a bl…
 
On this episode we welcome two brilliant individuals, Adebayo Amedu Olukayode, CEO as well as Cofounder of CKrowd and Nyemba Tembo a Broadcast Journalist and Zambian Youtuber. We discuss the african content creation landscape including challenges and opportunities that exist today. We discuss the CKrowd platform and what opportunities it provides f…
 
There is an overwhelming number of diets available on the internet, which attract people with their “before and after” pictures of diet followers. However, not all are sustainable, suitable, and effective. Some diets focus on reducing appetite to minimize food intake, which in turn restricts the intake of calories, fat, and carbohydrates and some o…
 
A 25 year old lady from Kabwe becomes one of the first female snail farmers (heliciculture) who runs a company that extracts snails’ mucus into beauty products. "Every snail farmer is a great solution to beauty,” says Precious Muka Botha! 25 year old Precious Muka Botha is a snail farmer who is based in Kabwe, Zambia! She is very creative and innov…
 
We get into business with different motives. However, because entrepreneurship is a jungle of sorts only the very best survive as the weak ones are easily eliminated. Statistics show that 80% of businesses in operation today will fail in the next 5 years. So what makes some entrepreneurs better than others? What type of entrepreneur are you? This e…
 
In an unfortunate scenario, when one considers market gardening projects to undertake locally, lettuce is hardly top of the list, whilst it is relatively easy to farm and is not financially intensive. This is simply because it requires no major infrastructure development and can be done at a small scale. The following are basic guidelines which sho…
 
Rosemary is mostly grown under dryland conditions. When under irrigation, care should be taken not to over irrigate. Irrigation at planting is essential and supplementary irrigation is advised until the plants are well established. Once established with a strong root system, rosemary can produce well if rainfall is above 500mm per year. In wetter a…
 
Everyone knows that eggs are healthy and a great source of high quality protein, especially egg white. One whole egg contains six to seven grams of protein, along with vitamins, minerals, iron, carotenoids, and disease fighting nutrients like zeaxanthin and lutein. It also contains all nine essential amino acids in the right ratios. This podcast is…
 
This article serves to give you guidance on how best to do Beef fattening. Beef prices normally changes with season and higher prices are realized for good grades during the dry season when most animals are in a deteriorating condition. The choice of reconditioning and adding some weight of the animal during a short period normally pays off when do…
 
Testing your soil pH is crucial if you want to avoid losses. Your soil pH is key to understanding if essential nutrients will be available to the roots of your plants. Plants can only access these nutrients if the soil pH is within a certain range. If it isn’t, your crops will never make it no matter how much fertilizer you add. Let’s go back to sc…
 
Cassava products can be used in livestock feeding. Large quantities of cassava roots and cassava waste are utilized in the cassava-producing countries for this purpose. Let us take a look at some cassava products that are used in feeding livestock. This podcast is also available as a blog post here: https://zaszambia.wordpress.com/2021/11/06/5-cass…
 
At the current rate of population and demographics, we need to double food production over the next two decades. Thus, the demand for aquaculture will surely increase in the future, which in turn, fuels the growth of the aquafeed industry. This podcast is also available as a blog post here: https://zaszambia.wordpress.com/2021/11/02/alternative-aqu…
 
Analysis paralysis or paralysis by analysis is simply the 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿-𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘆𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗴(𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴) a situation which may lead to indecisiveness or inaction. This eventually prevents a project or idea from coming to fruition. A would-be farmer suffering from analysis paralysis gets trapped in the process of overanalysing information needed to make a…
 
Indigenous chickens are mostly kept under a free-range system in small flocks of less than 30 birds. They are more adapted to local conditions than the hybrids but have a lower productivity. Breeding indigenous chickens for improvement of the breed is very feasible for the specialist. This podcast is also available as a blog post here: https://zasz…
 
Today I will describe how you can rear 1200 indigenous/ village/ kienyeji chickens in a year successfully without a headache. With this method you can be churning out 200 birds every month for sale and laugh all the way to the bank. This podcast is also available as a blog post here: https://zaszambia.wordpress.com/2021/10/22/how-to-produce-200-ind…
 
Why do cattle chew their cud? What is cud? Are they born knowing how to do it? What triggers this response? For us humans with our simple stomachs, it can be a little hard to understand what goes on in the digestive system of a ruminant animal. You may have thought about these questions – and others – before, but it may have been hard to find clear…
 
Garlic is grown as a multipurpose crop in Zimbabwe. It is commonly used as a flavouring additive in meaty relishes, sauces, soups and also as a medical remedy to treat flu, blood pressure. Garlic is not very popular in open vegetable markets but can be found in most reputable supermarkets. This guideline informs existing and potential growers of ho…
 
Pumpkins have always been a traditional favourite amongst Zimbabwean farmers regardless of the size of the farm enterprise. Pumpkins are grown for both commercial and domestic consumption. Pumpkins can be part of any meal or may be eaten as a snack. In Zimbabwe, pumpkins can be grown in any geographical location although soil fertility is always a …
 
Lemongrass has long been used as a flavouring in Asian style cooking, the citrus-like flavour of the lemongrass herb powder or dried leaf adding a unique element to the meal. The lemongrass plant derives its name from its distinct lemony scent and taste. This podcast is also available as a blog post here: https://zaszambia.wordpress.com/2021/10/12/…
 
Recycling diverts resources such as plastic, paper, glass and aluminum away from our natural environments, like the ocean. It diverts usable materials from ending up in landfill where its value is lost forever and the resources that went into extracting it and processing it are wasted. Recycling also helps to keep precious resources in circulation …
 
The advantage of engaging in strawberry farming is that generally, it has a small supply base which implies easier access to markets. In addition, the markets are diverse ranging from export (overseas and regional) and formal domestic (retail and hospitality entities) and informal markets such Mbare Musika and ordinary vendors. Strawberry farming h…
 
Watermelons are a simple crop to grow and generally thrive in hot and humid climatic regions. Watermelons are generally consumed by all sections of society and are quickly gaining popularity with health activists. Marketing watermelons is generally easy as commercial entities and informal vegetable markets easily retail the crop. In a country engul…
 
Carrots provide both backyard and commercial farmers with a relatively easy crop. Carrots are a good option to farm as they can be produced on small tracts of land and are not very heat sensitive. There are 4 types of cultivars of Carrots which can be farmed. The classifications are based on root shape and storage capability. This podcast is also a…
 
Although mushroom growing is not generally regarded as a traditional activity in Africa, the collection of wild mushroom is! Traditionally these were collected at the start of the rainy season and knowledge of which types were good to eat and which were poisonous was shared between young and old within the community. This podcast is also available …
 
Butternut belongs to the cucurbit family of vegetable crops. It falls under the botanical group of Cucurbita moschata. The crop is a very nutritious vegetable whose fruit can be used with rice dishes and for making starter dishes such as soups. Butternut is a potential cash crop as it has a long shelf life. This podcast is also available as a blog …
 
The primary reason for one to set up a business of any kind is to realise profits. Careful planning, judicious and methodical execution of the plan always precedes the successful realisation of good returns for every dollar, time and effort invested in the business. The farming business is no exception to this rule and like any other venture it asc…
 
There are numerous milk producing goats available around the world. Goat milk is very healthy and nutritious. So nowadays most of the people prefer to have one or a few milker goats for their daily family consumption. This podcast is also available as a blog post here: https://zaszambia.wordpress.com/2021/09/12/8-best-goat-breeds-for-dairy-producti…
 
How you manage your farm is very important if you really want to prosper through farming. If you can manage your farm well, you can be successful in farming. By virtue of my assignment, I move around a lot and I have spoken with so many farmers – both the successful and the struggling ones. The difference most of the time is the management patterns…
 
Mahlatse Matlakana is a 23-year-old young woman with a passion for green pepper farming. She describes her love for farming as a ‘bittersweet love story.’ I decided to take a gap year and farm green peppers for fun. At the age of 15, Mahlatse began working in the neighbouring farms of Arrie Village in the Blouberg municipality during school holiday…
 
Are you looking for a great way to fertilize your tomato plants this year to grow your biggest and best crop ever? We have you covered in this article! Tomatoes are one of the heaviest feeders of all vegetable plants in the garden. Not only do they require nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium to grow and develop, but they also need calcium, magnesiu…
 
If you’re a poultry farmer or planning to go into the poultry industry and you have been having challenges then here are some tips for you. This podcast is also available as a blog post here: https://zaszambia.wordpress.com/2021/08/24/6-top-reasons-why-people-keep-failing-in-poultry-farming/
 
The long painstaking yet exciting journey from the idea to revenue generating business needs a fuel named capital. That’s why, at almost every stage of the business, entrepreneurs find themselves asking – How do I finance my start-up? Now, when would you require funding depends largely on the nature and type of the business. But once you have reali…
 
Copper is a heavy metal element which has very important functions in the cow’s body. These include building immunity, growth and reproduction. Copper gets into the body mainly through the food the animals eat and the water they drink. Feeds from some areas have low copper content. Their intake results in what is called primary or absolute copper d…
 
in this episode, i host Mwila Chriseddy Bwanga and Mwangala Sipumo to discuss and analyze the pf government, the election period, and the new hopes and expectations from the new UPND government. it is always a pleasure and honor hosting so well-informed minds to iron out a few issues. for all your comments and contributions be sure to send a messag…
 
Every year on 21st of August, the world marks World Entrepreneurs’ Day (WED). The purpose of the World Entrepreneurs’ Day is to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership throughout the world. WED is the day to celebrate founders, managers, producers, contractors, industrialists, innovators, administrators, designers and produ…
 
The success of an aquaculture project depends to a large extent on the proper selection of the site to be developed into a fish farm. Among the factors to consider are Ecological, Biological and Economic Factors. This podcast is also available as a blog post here: https://zaszambia.wordpress.com/2021/08/16/ecological-factors-to-consider-for-fishpon…
 
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