The Golden Party of Zambia says the proposed Water Tax on fish farmers by government is retrogressive saying that it will kill the sector and increase poverty levels amongst the poor.

GPZ President Jackson Silavwe says Such policies will only put foreigners with excess capital at an advantage and Zambia will keep importing fish from China.

Mr. Silavwe said It is shocking that amidst a ravaging corona virus pandemic which has inflicted economic hardships on businesses and households , government through WARMA can start demanding almost K3,000 worth of tax from fish farmers annually.

He pointed out that Zambians are already struggling to pay boreholes taxes adding that the proposed water tax on fish farmers will disqualifying them from participating a sector that can contribute to bringing down the high poverty levels in the country.