WE have a deficit of fish and beef in the country, says livestock and fisheries minister Kampamba Mulenga.
Mulenga said it was a shame that a contractor can abandon a fish freezing project in Mpongwe on the Copperbelt after being paid in full.
She said this when she called on Copperbelt minister Japhen Mwakalombe at his office in Ndola.
“We have a deficit of fish and beef in the country. This is a concern which we need to address with seriousness. We should not have shortages. We are diversifying and for us to achieve this, we need to have enough stocks,” Mulenga said.
“Another issue, Copperbelt minister, that should be followed here on the Copperbelt is the issue of dip tanks. We need to ensure that we follow up these matters so that we see the benefits. “
Mulenga said it was unfortunate that construction of dip tanks had taken over 12 years.
She said there was a lot of poor workmanship with the contractors.
“Issues of dip tanks that are under construction for over 12-13 years; it’s a disservice to government projects. Poor works to projects, which government has attached a lot of importance. I think there is also no proper coordination between these people and the DC. How can we create employment like this? We put in a lot of money as government,” she said.
Mulenga said the contractor working on the fish freezing project in Mpongwe should be investigated.