ZAMBIA - The Government has said that it will engage stakeholders before implementing the new charges for poultry and livestock sectors.
Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Micheal Katambo said in an interview that Government would engage stakeholders before implementing the new charges.
Finance Minister Felix Mutati said during the presentation of the 2017 budget last year that that the Government intended to increase service fees and charges in the Livestock and poultry.
The services fees which are under the animal health regulation of 2016 range from veterinary clinical services, export and import permits, sanitary and animal products.
Others are inspections related to importation and exports of livestock and its products as well as stock movement permits which cover inter-district or provincial.
Mr Katambo said that farmers had complained to his office that the increment in charges would have a negative impact on the cost of productions and other associated cost on the livestock sector.
He said that Government would allow stakeholders to propose the fees which they feel would be affordable and conducive for the growth of the sector.
Source: Times of Zambia
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