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Zambia begins export of avocados to Europe

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THE Ministry of Agriculture through the Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service (PQPS) has approved the first consignment of over 37 metric tons of Zambian grown avocados for export to countries in Europe. Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Mr Green Mbozi says the move is significant as it will present more opportunities for the local famers, “This huge consignment of avocados destined for the European market marks as a massive opportunity for avocado farmers in Zambia to access regional and international markets.”

Meanwhile, Ministry of Agriculture Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service (PQPS) Director, Dr Kenneth Msiska has revealed that Zambia is almost concluding with the authorities in South Africa to start exporting avocados to that country. In witness of the commencement of the avocado export at Circle Transtra International Ltd in Lusaka, Dr Msiska disclosed that currently, South Africa leads the region with an 8kg per capita consumption of avocados. Zambian avocado farmers are aiming to meet the growing demand of the fruit not only in South Africa but in other far reaching markets such as Europe.

Buttermere Farms is one of the farms supplying avocados for this particular export. The farm which is located in Central Province’s Kabwe town boasts of over 38,000 avocado trees. Speaking at the official send-off of the export, Buttermere Farms Representative Mr Pierre Vercueil highlighted that, “this is the first round of avocado export since the farm started 11- years ago. We are excited and proud to be a part of this unique and important export. It is not only about farming; it is about the logistical partnerships and about markets, the rules and regulations that are in place to be able to conduct such an export”.

The Ministry of Agriculture hopes that this export of Zambian avocados to regional and international market sparks more export activity within the local avocado farming community. “Zambia’s tropical climate is ideal for growing Hass avocado which is the most popular commercial avocado in the world.” Said Dr Kenneth Msiska. Dr Msiska added that many local farmers are expected to benefit from the Zambian export of avocados to regional and international markets.

The avocado export has been possible through combined efforts by corporations namely Stone House Commodities Ltd, Circle Transtra International Ltd, First Capital Bank, AfriAg Marketing, Buttermere Farms and Tropical Fruit Company of the Netherlands. The Ministry of Agriculture has commended these corporations for their tenacity in creating a value chain in the Zambian agricultural market.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 16th April, 2022)

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ACC nab senior accountant, businessman 

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A LUSAKA based senior accountant has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) alongside a business man for possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Kasemuka Chiteta, a senior accountant stationed at police headquarters has since been charged with one count of possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

ACC head of corporate communications Timothy Moono said in a statement that Kasemuka Chiteta on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12th February 2024 in Lusaka District, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under the ownership of Chimuka Chibawe a Lusaka based businessman.

“In a similar development, the ACC has arrested and charged a Lusaka based businessman, Chimuka Chibawe of plot No. 136 C Kalomo road Chilenje” Mr Moono said.

He said Mr Chibawe has been charged with one count of Possession of Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime contrary to Section 71 (1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.

“Details of the offence are that, Chimuka Chibawe on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12thFebruary 2024 in Lusaka, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under his names when the beneficial owner is Mr. Kasemuka Chiteta a Senior Accountant at Police Service Headquarters,” he said.

The pair has since been released on bond pending court appearance.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)

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Experience the Next Level of great entertainment with DStv Step Up!

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IT’s February and still feels like Jan-worry, but we have just the thing for you! Introducing the Step Up campaign, designed to elevate your viewing experience without breaking the bank. Welcome to the big leagues of entertainment!

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How does it work?

• If you’re on DStv Lite (K120), upgrading to DStv Access (K190) will bump you up to DStv Family (K345), unlocking lifestyle channels, more music options, top-notch kids’ entertainment, and premium European football coverage.

• Subscribers on DStv Access (K190) who upgrade to DStv Family (K345) will enjoy access to DStv Compact (K520), featuring the best in local content, the Premier League, and more.

• Upgrading from DStv Family (K345) to DStv Compact (K520) grants you a whole month’s access to DStv Compact Plus (K770), offering UEFA Champions League matches, international series on 1Magic, and captivating documentary channels like History Channel.

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Delta Mines acquires 51% stake in Mopani Copper Mines in $1.1 billion deal.

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DELTA Mines Plc, has concluded the acquisition of 51% shareholding in Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) translating into a US$1.1 billion investment into the mine.

In a statement, ZCCM-IH Corporate Affairs Manager Loisa Mbatha said ZCCM-IH will retain 49% shares in Mopani, with 3 out of 9 board seats while Delta will have 5 and government one seat

She said the approval was made during a Shareholder’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held in Lusaka last week.

“ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM-IH) shareholders have unanimously approved the Mopani Copper Mines Plc (Mapani) transaction where Delta Mining Limited (Delta), a subsidiary of International Resource Holdings (IRH), has agreed to acquire a 51% shareholding in Mopani for a total investment of up to US$1.1 billion,”she said.

ZCCM-IH Board Chairperson Kakenenwa Muyangwa said the transaction is a landmark achievement that delivers significant value to ZCCM-H, Mopani, and the Zambian people.

“It’s pleasing to note that IRH has committed to retain Zambian workers, including the management team, who will be complimented by new skills and expertise from Delta to facilitate the expansion of MCM production to 200, 000 tonnes per annum”, said Mr Muyangwa.

ZCCM-IH Board Director Phillippe Taussac who represents minority shareholders said that “the extinguishing of the Mopani $1.5billion debt that ZCCM-IH had guaranteed, will certainly lead to significantly improved financial performance for all ZCCM-H’s shareholders.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 27th February, 2024)

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