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Commerce PS urges more effort to boost fisheries

Tilapia fish farm.

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry permanent secretary Siazongo Siakalenge says the ministry needs to step up its efforts in facilitating business finance and marketing opportunities to help develop the aquaculture sector.
Mr Siakalenge said there is need to put in place strategies that will help promote diversification of agriculture through the promotion of local and export markets in the fisheries sector.
He said the ministry, through the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC), has been supporting the expansion of aquaculture.
The permanent secretary said this when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture chaired by Solwezi East Member of Parliament Villie Lombanya.
“The ministry, through CEEC, is supporting fish farming to produce and market eight metric tonnes of table fish per year, in a period of 10 years, thereby earning a total amount of K94,000 per year. The farmers will stand among the best quality producers in their respective regions.
“Government is facilitating market for fresh fish and also supporting the establishment of infrastructure for fish farms,” he said.
Mr Siakalenge also said establishing an efficient system of collecting and utilising revenue from fish and fishing gear levies, licences and other related fees will help boost the operations in the sector.

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