Government through Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock issued an import ban for all livestock, livestock products, all feed inputs, biologicals among others. The ban created panic in the livestock sector as the available stocks could only last for two week. As such a number of industry consultative meeting were held within the course of the week aimed at coming up with industry consensus. This culminated into a stakeholders meeting which was called for by government to get inputs from the players in the industry. The Poultry Association of Zambia was part of the many stakeholders present at this important meeting. Numerous submissions were made by different stakeholder’s presents at this meeting. The Poultry Association of Zambia submitted as follows 

  • Government allows consignments of all feed inputs whose permits have already been issued to come in immediately
  • Government to revoke the ban on the importation of biologicals
  • Government to revoke the ban on feed ingredients (fishmeal)
  • government to lift the ban on the importation of poultry parent and grandparent stocks
  • Government to maintain the status quo on mechanically deboned meat until all the requirements are met

At the end of the meeting, the Permanent Secretary announced that all the inputs from the stakeholders will be evaluated by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and come up with the decision based on the submission. It is important to note that this meeting was attended by private sector representatives from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This meeting was graced by the permanent secretary Dr. David Shamulenge

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