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Given Lubinda gets tough with chain stores

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TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Agriculture and Livestock Given Lubinda has warned of stern action against some chain stores that are still importing edible cooking oil and vegetables.
Government has suspended the issuance of licences for the importation of such products.
Mr Lubinda said Government is disappointed that there are some chain stores in the country that are still importing edible cooking oil and vegetables.
He said in an interview in Lusaka recently that the suspension of issuance of licences for the importation of edible oil will allow Zambia’s edible oil industry to grow and benefit the local people.
“I wish to issue a strong warning to some chain stores that are still importing edible cooking oil and vegetables. It has been brought to my attention that there are some chain stores that are still importing edible cooking oil and vegetables.
“These chain stores will soon face the wrath of the law because my ministry has not been issuing licences for the importation of such products,” Mr Lubinda said.
He is disappointed with some chain stores that have defied Government’s directives as this is disadvantaging local farmers.
And Mr Lubinda said the distribution of farm inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) is progressing well.
He is happy Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ) has assured Government that it will complete the distribution of Compound D-Fertiliser next month while suppliers contracted to supply Urea have also assured that they will complete distributing the commodity by September this year.
Mr Lubinda has since warned that Government will not accept late delivery of farm inputs to farmers.

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