Namibian trucks still in Zambia after timber ban

Zambian officials continue to tighten the screws on the illegal trade in Mukula and consequently impounded a number of trucks, the Republikein reports. Charity Mwiya, manager of member services at the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), said officials prevented six trucks with Namibian registrations to leave the country.…

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Zambian government slashes timber export duty by 75%; farmers press for removal of export duty on maize

The Zambian government has cut the excise duty on unprocessed and semi-processed timber by 75%. This emboldened farmers to ask that the 10% export duty on raw maize also be waived. According to the Statutory Instrument (SI) 40 effected on June 2, 2017, unprocessed and semi-processed wood products will now…

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FAO pilots tree planting programme to mitigate Zambia’s rapid deforestation

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is piloting a programme to integrate forestry into farming in a bid to halt deteriorating soil fertility arising from rapid deforestation in Zambia. The programme, targeting more than 24 000 farmers in Southern and North Western provinces, is being implemented in conjunction with a…

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Zambia to use army in defending Mukula tree

President Edgar Lungu is expected to call in the army to halt the illegal trade in Mukula tree logs, Muchinga province minister Maloza Sichone said on Tuesday. Muchinga is most severely affected. Sichone said the measure is necessary as the tree is now threatened with extinction. “We have found it…

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