Tuesday, December 31, 2013

TAZARA hauls over 12,000 tns of urea
By Gift Chanda
Mon 04 Nov. 2013, 14:00 CAT

TAZARA is in a position to haul the 25,000 metric tonnes urea fertiliser imported from Saudi Arabia to Zambia by mid November, says managing director Ronald Phiri.

Phiri said over 12,400 metric tonnes of fertiliser had so far been transported from the port of Dar es Salaam by TAZARA and Zambia Railways Limited in a joint haulage exercise for the urea imported by the Zambian government under the Farmer Input Support Programme for the 2013/14 farming season.

The exercise has seen the two railway firms jointly move 13 trains with 297 wagons out of which 237 wagons with over 9,015 metric tonnes already reaching the intended destinations along TAZARA at Mwenzo, Mpika and Serenje, while 60 wagons with 3,386 metric tonnes was still in transit.

"We are on course and have conveyed over 12,000 mt in just under three weeks," Phiri said.

"I believe that despite a few limitations here and there, we are in a position to clear the 25,000 metric tonnes by the middle of November 2013."

TAZARA is moving the consignment from Dar es Salaam to Chozi, where ZRL takes over and delivers to the intended destinations, where other transporters pick up the commodity for onward distribution to various parts of the country.

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