2 January 2014

Angola: Kwanza Norte to Have Larvae Production Centre

The northern Kwanza Norte province will as from 2014 gain a larvae production centre with a capacity of producing about two millions larvae, to support the project of inland fisheries to be implemented in the locality of Ngolome.

The fact was announced on Wednesday by the provincial director of Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries, Humberto Mesquita.

He stated that the larvae production centre will produce larvae for restocking over 200 existing fishing lakes in the region of Massangano.

Humberto Mesquita said that the activity under the aquaculture programme (breeding fish in reservoirs) aims for the production of tilapia fish on a large scale, under the government actions to fight against hunger and improvement of the citizens' diet and reduce imports.

He clarified that the project is being implemented in a partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture and an Israeli company.

According to him, the referred centre will enhance the activity of nearly two hundred fishery cooperatives in the region of Massangano that benefit from regular support from the government, especially in terms of boats and fishing nets.

That official announced that the project will be financed by the United Nations Fund for Food ( FAO ) covering initially, the training of fishermen in terms of fish treatment after capture, by experts from Senegal and Ghana countries with extensive experience in that field.

Humberto Mesquita said the next phase will involve the construction of fish processing centres, with particular emphasis on the fact that the activity is carried out mainly by women and thus prevent loss of large amounts of fish, for lack of treatment and processing techniques.

With approximately 10.000 square kilometres and an estimated population of 940, Ngolome locality has 99 fishery lakes, where species such as tilapia, catfish and mullet, among others can be found.

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