Govt. raises K567, 000 from sale of Holograms


Government has so far raised a total of K567, 000 to the treasury from the sale of holograms.
Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Mwansa Kapeya disclosed in a ministerial statement in parliament today that from September16, 2013 to January 31, this year, 630,000 holograms were sold and fixed.

Mr. Kapeya said 75 productions were made while K63, 000 was raised for the artists since the introduction and subsequent implementation of the hologram feature placed on CDs, DVDs and tapes country wide.

One hologram is being sold at 90 ngwee while a 10 ngwee is collected on behalf of the musicians for their sweat.

The Minister further disclosed that the Anti-piracy Crack Squads have been formed in eight of the 10 provinces which will to also be replicated in districts across the country.

Mr. Kapeya warned those dealing in audio visual business and not using the hologram on their products that they risked being prosecuted by the law.

And Parliament heard today that government has tasked the Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ) to produce 150,000 metric (MT) of fertilizer in the 2014/2015 farming season.

Agriculture and Livestock Minister Bob Sichinga told the House that the plant last season managed to produce 97,000 metric tonnes of basal and top dressing but attributed this to power failure by the power utility firm, ZESCO.

The Minister said the PF government is determined to bring NCZ to life without undue interruptions of electricity.

He said the plant created 1,600 jobs to the local people as government is determined to ravamp the firm through the production of compound D and ammonium nitrate respectively.

Meanwhile, Lands Deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali told the house that government has set aside K30 million from the budget to be utilised by councils for the Land Development Fund (LDF), aimed at opening up the country including the newly created districts.

Dr Mwali said his ministry will soon introduce the Statutory Instrument to parliament so that local authorities take centre stage in developing their respective areas.

The House also learnt that Mwense District Council in Luapula province has misappropriated K500m and the local authority has no capacity to refund the LDF it benefited from the last MMD administration.