Government says it has restricted the importation of refined, packed and bottled edible oils in the country.
Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe says the move is meant to protect the local industry.
Mrs Mwanakatwe said the move will be monitored by various government agencies as it is in line with the government strategy of diversification and industrialization.
ZANIS reports the minister said during a Press Briefing,at her office on Monday that various economic players and the general citizenry should support the government’s move for economic growth and sustainability.
She added that the move will also help facilitate the creation of decent jobs and business linkages in the country.
Edible oil industry has been identified as one of the key sub sectors of the manufacturing sector with potential to make the country self-sufficient in the production of cooking oil and other by-products, she said.
Meanwhile, the Minister also announced that the sale of live birds on wholesale and retail basis at markets will be reserved for citizens and local companies after the publication of the Reservation Scheme Statutory instrument.
Mrs Mwanakatwe explained that the Reservation Scheme was approved by the Republican President and is currently being published at the Government Printing Department.
She further said domestic haulage for all public procurement works will also be reserved for citizens, citizen influenced, citizen-empowered and citizen owned companies while other companies will continue to operate for private works.
Mrs Mwanakatwe explained that the scheme will apply to poultry and domestic haulage for public procurement with immediate effect from the date the Statutory Instrument will be published.
She added that any person who undertakes business in the reserved activities will be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to a specified fine and imprisonment.
Cabinet in 2015 approved the introduction of Reservation Schemes under the provisions of the Citizen Economic Empowerment Act No. 9 of 2006.