THERE has been a growing interest in recent months by Zambians to engage in aquaculture especially Kapenta fishing to better their livelihoods, says Aquaculture Development of Zambia chairman Fisho Mwale.
Mr Mwale said the fish industry had observed a surge of interest by Zambians due to the promotional activities of the recently formed Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia.
He explained that the Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia had embarked on sensitising Zambians on the aquaculture revolution as a means to contributing to food security and nutrition.
“There are a number of Zambians who are presently involved in Kapenta fishing. In the recent months we have however seen a surge of interest by Zambians in aquaculture.
“This is due to the promotional activities of the recently formed Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia which has embarked on sensitizing Zambians on the aquaculture revolution,” he said. Mr Mwale said the sensitisation programme created employment and business opportunities through the value chain.
He explained that among many value chain included, producing fish, providing fingerlings, providing fish feed, processing and packaging, providing other related services.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwale said the creation of a separate Ministry of Fisheries was a serious statement of intent by the Government to dedicate resources to the industry.
Mr Mwale said the enacted National Aquaculture Development Plan 2015-2010 was a timely intervention by Government to provide leadership.
“Most importantly the input of the private sector in the formulation of the plan has ensured ownership and consensus of the plan across the board,
“Above all there is an urgent need to transform the institutional framework by having enabling legislation and policies that will promote aquaculture which hitherto has been a poor cousin to livestock and crops,” he said.
He said the industry needed training facilities in aquaculture entrepreneurship for the many Zambians who had taken a deep interest.