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Fish, beef products imports sadden Government

SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
FINANCE Deputy Minister Christopher Mvunga has expressed concern at Zambia’s continued importation of fish and beef products from Europe despite the country having capacity to process locally.
During a familiarisation tour of Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and Katima Mulilo border post in Sesheke on Monday, Mr Mvunga wondered whether Southern Province could not produce enough beef to feed the country.
He said Government’s policy on food production is that the country should be self-sufficient and should not import products which can be produced locally.
Mr Mvunga said there is need to grow the livestock and fisheries industry to avoid the importation of products such as fish, chicken and beef.
“The President’s message when he opened Parliament was very clear, [that] we need to grow the industry and stop the importation of products like beef, fish and chickens. The country must be self-sufficient,” he said.
Earlier, ZRA station manager at Katima Mulilo border post Collins Sichivula told the deputy minister fish, chickens and beef products were being imported from Namibia, Europe, Brazil and China.
Mr Sichivula said the demand for fish in Zambia is high with Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces being the main areas fish is being transported to.
Reports indicate that Zambia was importing between 4,626 and 16, 077 tonnes of fish through Namibia annually.
Mr Sichivula also said most of the fish is usually smuggled in the night due to the porous nature of the border.




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