Fisheries and Livestock Permanent Secretary Dr. DAVID SHAMULENGE has warned against unnecessary delays in the implementation of the USD50 Million Dollar Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project.
Dr. SHAMULULENGE says the project is very important to many Zambians and that all eyes globally are looking at how Zambia will implement it as it is the first of its kind in Africa.
He says during the launch of the project, President EDGAR LUNGU clearly warned against bureaucracy and departure from the project objective.
Dr. SHAMULENGE says it is gratifying that the project has commenced the consultative process to train 1, 000 entrepreneurs in good time and that with staff commitment, he is confident thatit will achieve its goals.
Dr. SHAMULENGE was speaking in Kabwe when he officiated at the consultative meeting on aquaculture entrepreneurs’ incubation programme.
And Project Coordinator Dr, ALEXANDER KEFI has appealed to government to quickly address the procurement process, which is the major challenge in the implementation of project.
Dr. KEFI says the project is time bound and requires quick disposal of all major procurements, which is key to the success of the project.
President LUNGU in October this year launched the five year African Development Bank (ADB) funded Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project that is expected to benefit about 12, 000 fish farmers across the country.
It is also designed to indirectly benefit about 50, 000 business enterprises in the aquaculture value chain.
The project is intended to help increase fish production to more than 40, 000 Metric Tonnes by the year 2022.