The Department of
Agribusiness &
plays a crucial role within the Ministry of Agriculture, focusing on various aspects related to trade, marketing, finance, and overall development of the agriculture value chain.

Let’s break down some of our key responsibilities:

The department strives to simplify and streamline the processes involved in the trading of agricultural products. This involves both domestic and international trade.

Providing up-to-date and relevant information on agricultural markets is essential for both farmers and businesses. This includes market trends, pricing information, and demand forecasts. Download latest bulletin here

Access to finance is crucial for farmers and rural businesses. The department is involved in developing and implementing programs to facilitate financial services especially in rural areas.

 This involves looking at the entire process of bringing agricultural products from the farm to the consumer. This includes production, processing, distribution, and marketing.

 Planning and implementing infrastructure projects that support agricultural marketing, such as transportation, bulking centers, storage facilities, and marketplaces.

 This programme  focuses on providing support to small scale farmers in terms of inputs like seeds, fertilizers, and other essential resources.

Facilitating the movement of agricultural products across borders by managing permits for import, export, and transit. This ensures compliance with regulations and standards.

The hierarchical structure of the department, with officers at the national, provincial, and district levels, provides for a coordinated effort to address these various aspects of agribusiness and marketing at different administrative levels.

Overall, the department plays a vital role in supporting and promoting the agricultural sector by addressing key issues related to trade, marketing, finance, and infrastructure development.

If you have specific questions or if there’s anything else you’d like to know about the Department of Agribusiness and Marketing, visit any of our offices and our dedicated team of professionals will be happy to assist you.

Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP)

The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) initiated the Fertilizer Support Programme (FSP) in 2002, which was subsequently renamed the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) in 2009. The primary aim of FISP is to improve the accessibility of agricultural inputs for small-scale farmers at a reduced cost, thereby enhancing their productivity. Furthermore, the program strives to bolster the involvement and competitiveness of the private sector in the supply and distribution of these inputs.

Agriculture Import, Export and Transit Permits

At the Ministry of Agriculture, we are committed to ensuring the smooth and compliant movement of agricultural goods across our borders. Our department provides comprehensive services for obtaining import and export permits, designed to uphold Zambia’s agricultural standards, protect our biodiversity, and facilitate international trade in accordance with global best practices.

Whether you are an established business in the agricultural sector or a new entrant looking to navigate the intricacies of cross-border trade, this section of our website is your gateway to understanding the regulatory requirements, the application process, and the resources available to assist you. We are here to support you through each step, ensuring your operations are both successful and sustainable.


Explore our site to find all necessary application forms, detailed guidance on the inspection and quarantine processes, and information on compliance with both local and international agricultural standards. Our dedicated team is also ready to assist you with any questions or specific needs regarding the import and export of agricultural products.

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