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Mining firms sanctioned in DR.Congo over food production

by Staff Writers
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) Feb 2, 2010
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday have slapped export bans on 16 mining companies, including firms from Belgium and China, for failing to grow food.

Officials in Katanga province, in the southeast of the country, stipulate that firms must grow 500 hectares (1,235 acres) of staple crops to improve food supplies in the import-dependent area.

Provincial governor Moise Katumbi said in a statement that it was now "strictly forbidden" for 16 mining firms to export mining products as a result of their non-compliance with the regulation.

Ten Chinese firms were listed, including Mining Yue, Volcano Mining, Feza Mining and Congo Loyal Will Mining (CLWM). The blacklist also included Belgium firms CMSK and Katanga Metals, and Canada's Magma Minerals.

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