Minister of Livestock and Agriculture Michael Katambo has warned companies involved in the smuggling of tobacco into the country to put an end to the vice as it coincides with the law.
Mr Katambo said there’s need for tobacco farmers and companies to obtain the required documents from Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to legalize their import and export of the finished product for foreign revenue which will eventually benefit the country’s economy.
“Tobacco markets were opened last week,farmers must not engage themselves in illegal businesses, if they want to export the product, they must follow necessary procedures put by the Tobacco Association of Zambia (TAZ),”he said.
The Minister also called on ZRA and the Ministry of Local Government to put in measures that would curb the scourge.
He said companies that are involved in illegal businesses are creating unfair competition for local businesses hence disadvantaging the local farmers.
Meanwhile, ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda said the Authority has declared a zero tolerance theme towards smuggling this year.
Mr.Sikalinda explained that smuggling of any kind was illegal and whoever was found wanting would meet the wrath of the law.
He however said that ZRA is doing all that is required to control the situation and create a competitive market for local businesses.