‘RESTRICT AQUACULTURE FUNDS TO LOCALS’

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By OLIVER SAMBOKO 

A RESIDENT of Siavonga has urged the Citizens’ Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to ensure that only locals in districts are selected for the implementation of fish farming project.

Mr. Benson Sikaale said in an interview with the Daily Nation in Siavonga that CEEC must be transparent during the selection stage to ensure that only local communities in the selected districts were empowered.

He said the previous funds under CEEC did not yield positive results in the district because some of the people who were given the loans diverted the money to other businesses.

‘’The last disbursement did not benefit many locals because people from other districts came and collected the money pretending they were fish farmers. This time around CEEC should ensure that there is transparency and that all such loopholes are sealed,” he said.

Mr Sikaale stressed that failure by the CEEC to sensitise beneficiaries of the aquaculture funds, would result in losses as some of them were under impression that the funds were free from Government.

Mr Sikaale urged the CEEC to ensure that proper training was given to beneficiaries of the funds.

Government with support from the African Development Bank, is implementing the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project whose objective is to contribute to economic growth as well as provide food and nutrition security.

Siavonga is among the targeted districts for the project that will be funded through the CEEC.

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