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Bulky Fish Imports Cause Concern in Zambia

by the Fish Site Editor
10 December 2008, at 12:00am

ZAMBIA - The Aquaculture Association of Zambia (AAZ) has urged caution on the intended bulky importation of fish for the period that the fish ban would be in effect in the country, between now and March.

According to the TimesOfZambia, association president, David Kaunda said in Lusaka yesterday that the announcement by Agriculture Minister in charge of Livestock and Fisheries, Bradford Machila, allowing bulky importation of fish would have negative effects on the infant aquaculture industry in Zambia. He said massive imports of fish could affect the industry in Zambia if not carried out in a cautious manner.

Mr Machila announced recently that the Government had allowed bulky importation of fish during the breeding period.

“On the minister’s consent to bulk importation of fish, we urge caution as it will have a negative impact on the fledgling aquaculture industry,” Mr Kaunda said.

He said the statement by the minister should be supported only if there would be measures to ensure that there were requisite safeguards and stimulus plans for the industry, reported the TimesOfZambia.

He also said there should be stringent measures put in place to guarantee that the fish being imported would be of good quality.

the Fish Site Editor