15 January 2013

Zambia: Fish Farms On Cards in Kawambwa

SOME Bangladeshi investors have expressed interest to invest in the Katotoma Village lagoon in Kawambwa District, Luapula Province, where they intend to set up fish farms.

Kawambwa District Commissioner Ivo Mpasa who confirmed the development in an interview from Kawambwa yesterday said the investors would start a hatchery, grow fish and train locals from Mwansabombwe in fish farming, who would later start supplying fingerlings to surrounding areas and the province at large.

"Once the local people are trained in fish farming techniques, they will be able to grow their own fish which will later be sold to surrounding areas in the district and the province," Mr Mpasa said.

The investors would set up a training centre and were expected to engage about 1,500 local people who would be trained in the production of fish.

Mr Mpasa said once the training centre was established, the investors would permanently employ 500 local people on the hatchery.

He said the project would be able to empower people economically as they would be able to produce and sell the fish to create wealth.

Mr Mpasa also said this would assist in curbing illegal fish farming which usually takes place during the fish ban.

"This project will go a long way in curbing illegal fishing methods and give chance to the fingerlings to grow during the ban," he said.

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