President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) holds a fish during the tour of Palabana Fisheries in Chongwe District on Wednesday, August 5,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE © 2015
FILE: President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) holds a fish during the tour of Palabana Fisheries in Chongwe District on Wednesday, August 5,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE © 2015

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu will soon commission the construction of a US$10 million fish feed plant in Siavonga District, Fisheries and Livestock Permanent Secretary David Shamulenge has said.

The plant to be located on a three hectare piece of land, would be the biggest stock feed plant in the sub-Sahara region.
Dr Shamulenge said this when he toured the site in readiness for the ground breaking ceremony by President Lungu.
The plant would be built by a Danish company, Aller Aqua.

Dr Shamulenge said construction of the plant starts in April and would be completed within one year.

The plant would produce 50,000 tonnes of fish feed annually.

“We are here to see the place where a Danish company will soon start the construction of a fish feed plant here in Siavonga. We will give the private sector the support it needs as Government. As you are aware, fish feed is essential in increasing Zambia’s fish tonnage.

“When the company starts producing 50,000 tonnes of feed per year, this will translate into 30,000 tonnes of fish and we will soon talk about closing the 42,000 tonnes of fish deficit,” Dr Shamulenge explained.

He expressed optimism that with current investment in the fisheries industry, the country would soon become a net exporter of fish.

“The president has put emphasis on developing the fisheries and livestock industry, hence the creation of the new ministry,
and with this commitment, we expect that in the next three years, the country should be a net exporter of fish,” he said.

Yalelo Director, Fisho Mwale, said the fish meal plant would employ 300 local people in addition to the current 300 that his firm had already employed.—NAIS.

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  1. $10, Milly? In all fairness, that thing can wait & that money can be diverted to UNZA, CBU or UTH. This is no brainer, those institutions need more funding Mr President.

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    • Read carefully: the money is from Denmark, not Lungu. Clearly speed reading is not your forte. Still,
      #ChagwaMustFall

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    • @buckteethlungu
      Government is funding the damn thing, Danish company is the one doing the works, just like government funds Chinese companies to do the works on some roads

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  2. What is wrong with our dull “copy and paste” journalists 3/4 of the article is about the politicians instead of the private company; Yalelo. You only dedicate the last sentence to the company that has invested $10million in this project.
    “Yalelo is a pioneer of aquaculture in Zambia, bringing together local resources and world-leading practices. We implement a scalable solution to ease the pressure on Zambia’s struggling wild-capture fisheries sector. Founded in 2011, we have grown quickly to become the leading fisheries firm in Zambia and second largest aquaculture firm in Africa. We breed and grow our tilapia on the shores of Lake Kariba and sell our product fresh nation-wide. Our pristine water, locally produced non-GMO fish feed and a robust cold-chain results in a product…

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    • Cont’d..quality and affordability that is transforming the customer experience.”
      I had to simply look at the company’s website with one click to obtain this info…but journalists copy everything from government speech writers thereby ignorantly campaigning for the ruling party…dont be lazy journalists research you ***** journalism is also about teach. We need reforms at Evelyn Hone College as they are churning out half baked students.
      Wake up!!

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  3. @Jack Sparrow or Spack Jarrow, this is a private investment. It is not a govt project. As politicians we take full advantage of all developments, to appear to be working.

    The young man Fisho and his late Dad, Dr Siteke Mwale are very close to our great Leader RB. So when they invited him to hit a 5kg Pick in the ground he sent an apology and deligated.

    Hon Chipuba Kabilibili, Bsc ( CopperMountain ), Msc ( Mpatamatu ), MA ( Loan )
    Global Spokesperson.

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