"Aquaculture, not the Internet, represents the most promising investment opportunity of the 21st Century."
- Peter Drucker, Management Expert & Economist
Zambia to Spend K1Billion on Fish Nurseries
- THE Fisheries Department is to establish six fish nurseries at six
research stations at a cost of K1 billion to improve fish production in
reports that so far, the department has established three fish
hatcheries at three research stations in Kasempa in North-Western
Province to promote aquaculture production.
Fisheries Department director Patrick Ngalande said Zambia is still
lagging behind in fish production in the southern African region hence
the need to promote fish breeding.
"This year, we are going to embark on a vigorous fish restocking
exercise. Currently, as a nation we are not producing enough fish to
expected levels. This year, we plan to establish six fish hatcheries in
six research stations to boost the fish industry," Mr Ngalande said.
He was speaking in Kitwe on Saturday during the graduation ceremony of
25 agriculture extension officers who underwent training in broodstock
management and breeding at the National Aquaculture Research Centre
sponsored by the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA).
Mr Ngalande said the training of the 25 agriculture extension officers
will help to strengthen the capacity that farmers have in breeding fish.
He said the 25 agriculture extension officers drawn from all provinces
have been equipped with modern technology to improve fish breeding in
JICA representative Chimba Mulilo said the agency has continued to help
the fisheries department improve its infrastructure at various research
stations to improve fish production in the country.
Mr Mulilo said fingerings are important to the development of
aquaculture in the country, the reason why it supports the training of
agriculture extension officers in fish breeding.
Kitwe district commissioner Mwape Kasanda urged the agriculture
extension officers to use the knowledge they acquired to teach farmers
the best methods of breeding fish.