FRA opens two more depots in Chipata

The Food Reserve Agency, FRA in Chadiza district has so far purchased over 47,100 by 50 kilogram bags of maize.

This is out of the district target of 96,000 bags.

Chadiza District Agricultural Coordinator, Kabange Masenga, confirmed this to Breeze News today.

Mr. Masenga said FRA has also purchased 1,090 by 50 Kilogram bags of soya beans as of August 19th 2017.

He said the response from farmers is overwhelming and farmers will be paid soon.

And Mr. Masenga refuted claims by some farmers that in some depots, farmers are being turned away because the agency has stopped buying crops after meeting the targets.

He explained that there are three depots that had run out of empty grain bags, which forced officers to stop buying, as they waited to be supplied with empty bags.

He said that the empty bags will soon be supplied to the affected depots, insisting that FRA will continue buying crops until the district target is met.

ZABS publishes 170 additional standards

The Zambia Bureau of Standards ZABS has published 170 additional standards between January and August 2017.

ZABS Head of Marketing and Public Relations Hazel Zulu says that this is to help support the agriculture and leather industries in terms of value addition, growth and sustainability.

Ms. Zulu has told Breeze News in a statement that most of the additional standards that have been published are focused on providing guidelines, requirements and specifications for various products and processes in the agriculture and leather sectors.

She says that the move has also been taken in a bid to support government emphasis on the diversification and prioritization of agriculture and other sectors other than mining, to grow the economy.

Ms. Zulu says that the Bureau is pleased to provide the much needed support to the industry to help them grow the economy and contribute effectively to national food security.

Some of the standards that have been published include the standards on maize grain specification, wheat flour specification and rice specification.

Ms. Zulu says that ZABS is confident that these additional standards if used consistently and effectively will help industry players to develop and process good quality products.

Police officer testifies how friend was shot dead

A police officer under the Criminal Investigation Department at Chipata Central Police Station, this morning testified in the Chipata High Court, how he survived, after being shot, during an operation, at a check point in Lusaka.

Sargent Jonathan Kapolyo, who made a request from the court to sit down when he became a bit emotional, said his colleague Sargent Banda, who was also shot, lost his life, during the operation.

He said that he and three other police officers were on their way to Lusaka to apprehend other suspects allegedly involved in a robbery that took place in Mwami area in Chipata, on October 14th 2016.

He named the suspects that were apprehended in Nyimba and Chongwe districts as Emmanuel Mulenga, Stephen Mafuta, Michael Lungu, Royd Mukutu and Ricker Ndila.

Sargent Tembo told the court that the police officers recovered an AK 47 Rifle, a magazine containing 24 rounds of ammunition and a fire arm after a search that was conducted in both Nyimba and Chongwe districts respectively.

The matter which is before Lusaka based Judge, Maria Mapani Kawimbe, continues.