Aquaculture farmers cry foul over K2, 950 water permit fee
Written by MillenniumEditor2 on June 16, 2021
Aquaculture farmers are saddened over the decision by government to introduce water permit fee amounting to K2, 950 for the aquaculture sector.
The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) through the ministry of fisheries and livestock has issued new regulations that will require all entities engaged in aquaculture to pay annually a sum of K2, 950.
But Zambia Aquaculture cooperative society secretary general Feterzard Simfukwe has explained that the move to introduce water permit will hinder investment in the aquaculture industry.
Mr. Simfukwe says most people will not be willing to doing fish farming due to the high cost of doing.
Mr. Simfukwe has since called on government to reconsider its decision and ensure that a conducive environment is created for the aquaculture sector.
And the National Union for Small –Scale farmers in Zambia says stakeholders were not consulted before government came up with the decision to introduce the regulations.
Union Executive director Ebony Loloji has explained such decisions are detrimental to the sector.