Zambia Agrees to 15% Fertilizer Price Reduction, Times Says

Zambia has agreed to a 15 percent fertilizer price reduction for the 2012-13 farming season with companies including a unit of Johannesburg-based Omnia Holdings Ltd. (OMN), the Times of Zambia reported, citing Agriculture Minister Emmanuel Chenda.

Omnia Small-Scale Ltd. and Nyiombo Investments will supply 153,634 metric tons of fertilizer for the period under the government’s Farmer Input Support Programme, the Lusaka-based, state-owned newspaper said. Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia will supply 30,000 tons, the Times reported.

The government agreed to pay an average of 4.2 million kwacha ($855) for a ton of fertilizer, the newspaper cited Chenda as saying. The value of Omnia’s contract was $47.2 million, according to the Times.

To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Hill in Johannesburg at mhill58@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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