Observe fish ban, Kabompo traders told

TRADERS at Chawama Market preparing fish for their customers. Picrure: COLLINS PHIRI.

THE Fisheries Department in Kabompo has warned fish traders to observe the annual fish ban to avoid prosecution and loss of their stocks.
Government effects an annual fish ban from December 1 to end of February to allow for the replenishment and breeding of fish in the natural bodies.
Speaking during a tour of markets in the district, acting district fisheries officer Mazden Chibunse said continued trading three weeks after the ban is effected will attract stern measures from the authorities.
This is contained in a Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) weekly brief issued recently.
Mr Chibunse said Government allows traders with old stock of fish to trade, but only for a few weeks after the ban.
“Traders have a tendency of bringing fish into the district [from Western Province] during the night. [I am] also warning fishmongers to desist from harvesting fish when the ban is in effect as this is going against the law,” he said.
Mr Chibunse said cooperation by all stakeholders in the fish chain will help strengthen the capacity in fishery resource management among the fishing communities.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological department in Petauke district has assured farmers that the district is likely to receive adequate rainfall despite the rainfall activities starting a bit late.
Petauke meteorological department officer-in-charge Webster Chileshe said farmers should not panic because the district is likely to receive normal rainfall.
He further said that this week, the department is anticipating an increase in rainfall activities because the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone is oscillating and affecting the eastern part of the country.

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