Villagers who stay along Kasempa / Kalulushi road are cutting down trees in order to harvest caterpillars,the wrong method might result in deforestation and consequently,there will be no caterpillars
Villagers who stay along Kasempa / Kalulushi road are cutting down
trees in order to harvest caterpillars,the wrong method might result
in deforestation and consequently,there will be no
caterpillars

Some traders selling Caterpillars in Mporokoso district have bemoaned the high influx of suspected Congolese nationals, who have invaded the area, in search of caterpillars.

The irate traders, who stormed ZANIS Offices, appealed to government authorities to do something about the foreigners who are illegally carrying out business activities in the area.

Speaking on behalf of the traders, Amos Musongole claimed that the Congolese nationals were offering villagers more money for the bags of caterpillars thereby disadvantaging the local traders who have limited capital.

He added that as a result of this, all the caterpillars being harvested in Mporokoso District were being smuggled to Congo leaving nothing for the local people.

Another caterpillar trader, Mary Mwansa accused the suspected Congolese nationals of engaging in the caterpillar business without valid legal documents.

She has since appealed to the local authority to help put an end to this, adding that foreign traders are taking away their source of livelihood.

Efforts to get a comment from the local authority proved futile by press time.

Currently, collection of caterpillars is thriving in Chalabesa and Njalamimba villages in Mporokoso district.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The Congolese are business savvy. They are getting the caterpillars and bringing them to Johannesburg where they fetch a very good price.

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  2. That is the rule of business the one who offer more get more! let us not entertain xenophobia for sake of nationalism ! let the local adjust themselves to compete with the Congolese otherwise quit the business!

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  3. iwe kamalondo so you say even if they dont have valid documents is okay.can you stay in congo just for a day without permit.you are a day dreamer.

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  4. @ Kamalondo

    It’s about immigration requirements, ie resident permits, etc, nothing to do with xenophobia, etc, here.

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  5. @Chituma and Zingalume
    let us stop hiding our distaste of Congolese through immigrations requirements! just visit border posts between the two countrie you will realised How people mingle freely ! to every rule there is exception! Soon we will be wandering mother Africa freely ! Abash na maano ya “Muli ba Kwisa ” bequeathed by Kaunda |

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  6. Let the Zambians benefit first. If anything let the Zambians sell the stuff to the Congolese. Zambians need to wake up. I hear even Zims come to collect maize straight from the Zambian peasant farmers and transport it back to their country. There needs to be system in place where the local people can benefit as well. How are they going to look after their families if their very source of income is being sabotaged by foreigners? Nothing against foreigners but we all pay to live and work in foreign countries.

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