Omnia Fertilizer Zambia Limited has continued abusing the courts in a case it is trying to extort money from Tuzini Farms owned by Maria Zaloumis, known as Zed farmer.
This is in a case where Omnia claims that Zed farmer borrowed and failed to pay back $11,542
When the matter was in court last time, Omnia told the court that it wished to settle the matter out of court.
Omnia lawyer Mwansa Nkole of Fraser and Associates informed the court that the parties had been discussing an out of court settlement for the debt owed by Tuzini. Nkole told the court that the settlement discussions with Tuzini were almost concluded.
After this, the court adjourned the matter to 16 January 2020 for the courts to just endorse the out of court settlement.
But sources at Nkole’s law firm have told the Watchdog that Omnia has changed its position and now wishes to resuscitate the court case.
On 16 January, Omnia through Nkole will tell the court that it is no longer interested in the out of court settlement discussion but will instead push the matter in court.
Zed Farmer Maria Zaloumis only borrowed $4000 worthy of fertiliser from Omnia Zambia but the South Africans who rum Omnia imposed $7000 interest.
And the Watchdog has discovered that Omnia double-dosed Zed Farmers’s crops by putting double the dose of nitrogen. The double dose caused a terrible out break of bacterial spec a tomato disease on Tuzini farms.
But when Zaloumis went to complain to Omnia, Omnia boss Mark Tindle called her ‘a useless kaffar’ who will never succeed in agriculture.
Due to the double dosing by Omnia, Zed farmer lost seven hectares of crops. Alarmed by the disease in the tomatoes, Zed Farmer sent leaves for testing to a lab in South Africa. The lab requested the fertilizer programme after which they confirmed that the plants contained excessive nitrogen.
When Zed farmer engaged Omnia, they sent two agronomists to the farm and confirmed their mistake but refused to put it in writing.
According to sources within Omnia, Omnia had initially wanted to grab the title deeds for Tuzini as guarantee for the fertilizers they were collecting on credit, but Zaloumis refused.
According to Sources in Omnia, The agronomist who double dosed the crops is Cuan Smith. According to other sources in the agriculture industry, Omnia deliberately targets successful Zambian farmers to make them fail by overdosing their crops.
‘Their strategy is to sell more fertilizers to make money, so double dose the fields,’ said one person.
After her crops were deliberately overdosed by Omnia, Zaloumis followed the advice of the lab in South Africa and put the crops on half the dosage recommended by Omnia and the crops started doing fine with the same Omnia fertiliser but after half the dose.
Omnia fertiliser has sued Zaloumis for allegedly failing to pay $11, 000 worthy of fertiliser.
According to insiders, Zaloumis has not failed to pay but has refused to pay exorbitant interest and is not happy that Omnia deliberately overdosed her crops.