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Bio Green launches initiative

DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Lusaka

BIO Green Technologies has embarked on a K250, 000 fish farming project which will enable 5,000 farmers in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Southern provinces reduce fingerling mortality rate. The company recently developed “The intelligent fish farm” under a Febi smart system project which will be using mobile devices. Chief executive officer Niza Zulu said in an interview recently that the initiative is a grant from the National Science and Technology Council. “One of the major reasons for high fingerling mortality is due to fish farmers failing to maintain water quality at their farms,” Ms Zulu said. She said the project will not only help farmers reduce fingerling mortality rate, but enable them to harvest healthier fish within the stipulated period of time. The company’s target market stands at 5,000 fish farmers in the three provinces, which have the highest charcoal usage.
Ms Zulu said apart from the three regions, North-Western Province is being targeted due to its high deforestation rates. Last year, the company conducted a research on fish farming and learnt that fish per capita consumption from 1997 to date has dropped from 12 kilogrammes to 6kg per person. “I researched more and found that actually one of the main reasons was due to high fingerling mortality among small-scale fish farmers at almost 60 percent and an increase in population,” Ms Zulu said. She said with CLICK TO READ MORE


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