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Government has suspended the harvesting and export of Mukula trees with immediate effect.

Lands and Natural Resources Minister ELIJAH MUCHIMA says this has been done to verify the documentation of those exempted and the impact of the 2017 ban.

Mr. MUCHIMA notes that Mukula trees continues to be harvested and exported in excess of the authorized amounts.

He says the measure will allow government to come up with a mechanism that will be fair and inclusive.

Mr. MUCHIMA further explained that Mukula trading was banned except for 4 exemptions that were extended but the ministry has observed an increase in exports.

Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. MUCHIMA disclosed that there are containers detained at the border in Chirundu and in Western Province.

He said government wants to take stock and scrutinize documentation for Mukula trading.

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