ZAMBIA - Government and various agro-stakeholders have resolved that it should be mandatory that exporters of fish and livestock products be inspected, certified and registered annually by Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to ensure sanitary compliance.
Recently, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock facilitated a one day stakeholders’ consultative meeting on the importation of fish, processed meat and mechanically-deboned poultry to identify opportunities and address various challenges affecting the two sectors.
The meeting observed that most livestock exporters do not meet the required standards and this imposes health hazards among consumers.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Greyford Monde, his deputy Evans Lawrence and permanent secretary David Shamulenge.
It was also attended by the Poultry Association of Zambia, Beef Association of Zambia, Small Livestock Association of Zambia and the Zambia National Farmers’ Union, who observed discussed that Government should come up with an inter-disciplinary inspectorate unit to carry out in-country inspections of imported livestock products for sanitary compliance purposes.
“Foreign establishments that export livestock products to Zambia will be inspected, certified and registered annually by a Zambian government multi-disciplinary team to ensure sanitary compliance as well as adherence to set standards,” they said.
The cost for certifications will be borne by the private sector because of the commercial interests.
Other stakeholders in attendance were the Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia, Capital Fisheries, the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), Zambeef Products, commodity associations and traders from the private sector who import and process livestock products.
A consortium agreed that Government should regularly meet with stakeholders to share information and exchange ideas on matters relating to imports of livestock and livestock products.
The meeting resolved that there is need for an agreement that IAPRI works with the Government on generating reliable livestock and livestock trade statistics, which all stakeholders can reference to, and the research institute volunteered to carry out the task.
April 7, 2016; https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=64813