PROPOSALS TO UNDERTAKE BUSINESS INVESTMENTS WITH FUNDING FROM THE CITIZENS ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT FUND (CEEF) FOR THE YEAR 2019 UNDER THE AQUACULTURE SEED FUND OF THE ZAMBIA AQUACULTURE ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (ZAEDP)
The Government of the Republic of Zambia, through the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock with support from the African Development Bank, is implementing the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project (ZAEDP) whose objective is to contribute to economic growth as well as provide food and nutrition security in Zambia. The Project development objective is to advance the aquaculture sub-sector as a viable and inclusive business opportunity, through enhanced production and productivity, in order to improve the livelihoods of beneficiaries along the Aquaculture Value Chain. The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock is the Executing Agency while the Department of Fisheries is the Implementing Agency. The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has appointed the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to be the Implementing Partner of the Aquaculture Seed Fund component of the Project.
CEEC will provide business loans to targeted citizens and companies for the development of businesses along the Aquaculture Value Chain. The target districts for the funding of projects include the following:
TABLE 1: DISTRICTS TARGETED FOR CEEC SUPPORT BY PROVINCE
|1. CENTRAL||1. Chitambo|
|2. COPPERBELT||1. Luanshya|
|2. Kalulushi – Kitwe|
|3. EASTERN||1. Chipata|
|4. LUAPULA||1. Bangweulu (Samfya/Lunga)|
|5. LUSAKA||1. Rufunsa|
|2. Chilanga – Kafue|
|6. MUCHINGA||1. Chinsali|
|7. NORTHERN||1. Mungwi|
|8. NORTHWESTERN||1. Kasempa|
|9. SOUTHERN||1. Gwembe – Chipepo|
|10. WESTERN||1. Mwandi|
Projects to be considered for funding include table fish production, fish seed (fry and fingerlings) production, fish fed production or other fish farming input supply business, cold chain solution, fish value addition and processing (drying, smoking, fillet, canning, etc.), marketing of fish products, or other commercially viable fish farming backward and forward business activities. The projects will focus on the production and utilisation of tilapia, popularly known as bream, and catfish popularly known as Mulonge, Mulamba or Ndombe.
The Commission now invites proposals from targeted citizens wishing to undertake investment projects along the Aquaculture Value Chain in the above listed districts.
Proposals will initially be in form of Project Concept Notes (CNs) in line with the Application Form provided by the Commission. Submissions that will not follow the Application Form will not be considered. The selected applicants will progress to business plan development and financing.
Eligible beneficiaries of the Aquaculture loan facility shall be:
- Market oriented smallholder farmers/producer groups
- Youths incubated and trained by ZAEDP
- Registered associations or cooperatives of farmers/producers
- All other viable Aquaculture Value Chain Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs including traders, processors, cold chain and logistical services providers, large fish farmers and private sector suppliers of implements, accessories, other goods and service providers.
Application Forms can be obtained from all Town Clerk/District Council’s Secretary Offices of Project target districts, the CEEC Head Office at Empowerment House Plot #6457, Los Angeles Boulevard, CEEC Office in Rhodes Park, House #45, Joseph Mwilwa, Lusaka, ZAEDP PIU Office at Plot 13A, Flat 3 on Reedbuck Road, Kabulonga, Lusaka and the CEEC website: www.ceec.org.zm, CEEC Provincial Offices countrywide and the Department of Fisheries offices in the target provinces. All loan application forms shall be available at NO COST to applicants.
DEADLINE AND PLACE OF SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: The deadline for submission of applications is at 10:00 hours on Friday 14 June 2019. Applications MUST be placed in the CEEC Tender box marked “CEEC-ZAEDP APPLICATIONS” at the respective District Council.
In line with Government’s policy, the Commission prioritizes and encourages the participation of youths, women and people with disabilities.
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