The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Cde Francis Nhema has urged communities in the Zambezi Valley to approach government for assistance to fully exploit resources found in their area.
The Zambezi Valley is endowed with natural resources and a variety of minerals including fossil fuels, but local communities in the area are ranked among the poorest in the country.
In an interview at the Access and Benefit Sharing of Resources in the Zambezi Valley conference, Cde Nhema said they have realised that local communities lack the capacity to utilise their resources and is urging them to seek assistance from government.
The Minister of Public Works, Mr Joel Gebuza Gebuza also echoed the same sentiments saying local authorities in the valley must take advantage of existing government policies meant to benefit local communities.
On the issue of fishing permits, Minister Nhema said they were being given to people who live near the waterfront.
He said the problem arises when these people allow unregistered fisherman to use their permits.Â
Cde Nhema also called upon traditional leaders to work with local authorities to seek explanations on policy formulation.
The 3 day conference on The Access and Benefit Sharing of Resources in the Zambezi Valley seeks to raise awareness on poverty reduction in the Zambezi Valley using local resources.