Zambian treasury releases more funds to secure uncollected maize

The Zambian government has released K115 million to salvage more than 80 000 tons of maize that transporters refuse to ferry because of money owed to them. Concerns about possible damage to the crop are escalating, after the Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) forecast heavy rains for this weekend. “The money…

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Pressure on Zambia’s Food Reserve Agency to pay transporters

There is growing concern that rain will soak more than 80 000 tons of maize, while a payment stand-off between transporters and the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) continues. The FRA owes transporters K200 million. They have since parked their trucks, demanding payment. “We are particularly troubled by reports of transporters…

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FRA debt cripples maize haulage in Zambia

Debt of K200 million owed by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to transporters has crippled maize haulage in parts of Zambia, raising concerns about securing the country’s grain reserve before the rain starts. FRA also owes farmers K370 million for the maize it has so far bought. “I can assure…

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Zambian Mukula traders sue government over export ban

Mukula traders, reeling from the adverse effects of the moratorium on the export of the sought-after timber species, have dragged the Zambian government to court. Government last month imposed an export ban on several species, including Mukula, to curb illegal harvest and trade. The legal action comes only days after…

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