NAPSA management has informed the Union that they have instructed its Mazabuka office to halt the on-going inspections and the slapping of penalty fees on farmers in Mazabuka. NAPSA said not until a meeting between ZNFU and NAPSA is held to resolve the farmers’ complaints which have arisen following some farm inspections, the exercise will remain suspended. During the week, the Union received reports from our members in Mazabuka that NAPSA inspectors in the district were demanding back payments of NAPSA since 2009, as well as imposing stiff penalties of K12 million on every K1 million not paid. So far, two farmers reported penalties of close to one billion kwacha. This is catastrophic for the farmers and would result in farms going bankrupt.