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Fish farmers buying feed from Zambia

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By Patience Lunda, Contributor:

Fish farmers from Nkhata Bay District have complained that they are failing to sustain the fish business because they are buying feed from Zambia which is considerably expensive.

The concerns were raised during a field day that Mzuzu Agriculture Development Division (Mzadd) organised in the lakeshore district on Friday.

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The farmers said a bag of floating feed bought at an equivalent of K16,000 lands in Malawi at K26, 000 due to importation charges.

“Government imposes Value Added Tax on the feed and this raises its price when it arrives in Malawi. As such, we are failing to harvest enough fish because the fish fails to mature early as the recommended floating feed is not available in the country,” one farmer, Stanford Fulamuchenga, said.

The farmers then pleaded with government to consider having companies that manufacture the floating feed or have a dealer that should supply the feed in the country.

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Reacting to the complaints, a representative of Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water development, George Phiri, said the ministry intends to come up with ways on how farmers can could access with floating feed locally.

“It is true that fish do not feed properly when they are given feed that sinks in water but floating feed is recommended for the fish. As a ministry, we are looking for machinery that can make that type of feed. We also want to find ways on how farmers can make feed on their own,” Phiri said.

The theme of the Agriculture field day was ‘Improved agricultural Technologies and Strengthened Farmer Organisation: Key to Sustainable Food, nutrition and Income Security’.

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