Fishermen using pesticides to preserve fish

Fishermen using pesticides to preserve fish

Luangwa District Commissioner Ngoni Moyo has disclosed that nine samples of fish randomly collected from the district have revealed that they are being preserved using pesticides.

Mr. Moyo says the samples include Smoked, Salted and DRY Fish.

He says the samples were collected between February and June this year and sent to the Food and Drug Control Laboratory at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka.

Mr. Moyo says the results found that fish was found with Dichlorvos, an organo-phosphate toxic substance which is the main ingredient in pesticides.

And Mr. Moyo has warned Fish Traders and Fishermen at a meeting in the District against the use of pesticides to preserve the fish.

And Some fishermen and fish traders who were present admitted that they use pesticides to preserve the fish.☝

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